Re: Leaving the List for Awhile...
|From:||Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, October 7, 2004, 19:22|
On Wed, 6 Oct 2004 01:59:42 EDT, David Peterson <thatbluecat@...> wrote:
> [P.P.S.: ObConlang: Ever consider how indirect requests work in
> your conlang? E.g., "Can you pass the salt?" The question really
> isn't about one's ability to pass the salt, thus an answer of "Yes, I
> can", without any salt passing, would be considered inappropriate.
Similarly, "May I ask you your name" expects a response of "Yes, it's
XXX" or "No, I'd rather not tell you" - "Of course, anyone may ask" is
not very helpful and would be considered inappropriate, even though it
answers the literal question.
Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
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