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Re: Indicating verbs valence? (Was: The disappeared conlang)

From:The Gray Wizard <dbell@...>
Date:Friday, January 25, 2002, 11:42
> From: Stephen Mulraney > > On Wed, 23 Jan 2002 17:29:54 -0500 > The Gray Wizard <dbell@...> wrote: > > > > > Perhaps you could have a 'valence' inflection (or particle, > or whatever) > > > on the verb which specifies how many and what kind of 'arguments' > > > the verb takes. I learnt a lot about this kind of thing from > David Bell's > > > grammar of ámman îar (thanks David!). You can see the kind of > valencies > > > that his language inflects for at section 7.3 on > > > > > > rphology.htm > > > You might need to read the section at > > > > > > too, in order to understand the dialect of English used in > this grammar ;) > > > > > > "understand the dialect of English used in this grammar"? Hmmm, > could it be > > that my maladroit elucidations might not have been posed in as > luculent a > > presentation as might be required? I'll have to work on that. ;-) > > Well, I don't think it's such a problem - in fact your > descriptions are wonderfully > clear, once one has been initiated. Oddly, the experience of > understanding certain > sentences there felt rather like the experience of reading the > proof of a mathematical > theorem - a feeling of things slotting in as I read...
Hmmm, could that be because I was trained as a Mathematician and not a Linguist?
> 'luculent' - that's not quite a cromulent word, is it ? ;)
'luculent' is high on my short list of favorite 'over-the-top' words. I like most its almost total lack of self-reference. What could be less 'luculent' than the casual use of 'luculent'? But unlike Homer's usage, I think you'll find that the OED would quite agree that 'luculent' is indeed "a perfectly cromulent word!" Stay curious, David David E. Bell The Gray Wizard AIM: GraWzrd Wisdom begins in wonder.


Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>
And Rosta <a.rosta@...>'cromulent' (was: RE: [CONLANG] Indicating verbs valence? (Was: The disappeared conlang)