Re: I may not be a bearded, left-handed, gay Lithuanian, but...
|From:||Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, May 30, 2006, 17:01|
On 5/30/06, Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...> wrote:
> Even if you don't actually remember
> enough of what you've studied to say "hi" to the next ancient Etruscan
> you meet...
Heh... speaking of ancient Etruscans, I occasionally wonder what would
happen if a couple of inhabitants of someone's conworld were somehow
stranded on Earth and tried to make contact with that person -- how
well the language's "creator" would be able to converse with these
Would he have to stop at "hello"? Be able to converse slowly but have
to reach for his dictionary frequently? Be able to carry on a fluent
Not to mention - would he seize the opportunity and squeeze those
informants for all they're worth? :) "I've always wondered how to
express <construction>; I've thought of <alternatives A, B, and C>,
but none of them feels satisfactory. What *is* the way that it's
expressed in <language>?" or "What's the difference between <two words
that have the same English gloss, for some reason or other>?" are just
two things that come to my mind.
Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>