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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. Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...> Watch the Reply-To!