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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 travellers :) 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 conversation? 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. Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>