Re: [Conlangs-Conf] Wirty slogan, t-shirt design - and the winner is...
|From:||R A Brown <ray@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, March 18, 2006, 21:13|
Sai Emrys wrote:
> Voting is concluded. The winner is...
> Fiat lingua.[snip]
> Latin geeks in the audience, please confirm that this is grammatically
Yes, it is.
Also - is it 'language' in the singular, or in the mass?
Either or both :)
As Latin has no definite or indefinite articles, it must be left to
context to decide. It could mean:
(a) a language, i.e. let there be a language/ let a language be made
(b) language/speech [generic], i.e. let there be language/ let speech be
Both seem to me appropriate.
['lingua' also, of course, means 'tongue' (what you have in your mouth);
but 'fiat lingua' hardly gives intelligible meaning in that sense]
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