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Loaded Questions (Was: Re: Conlangcon Boston today!)

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Monday, November 11, 2002, 18:16
On Mon, Nov 11, 2002 at 05:17:32PM +0000, bnathyuw wrote:
> --- "H. S. Teoh" <hsteoh@...> wrote: > On > Mon, Nov 11, 2002 at 03:00:06PM +0000, bnathyuw > > wrote: > > [snip] > > > naive question this, but don't most conlangers > > have > > > mobile phones ? :-> > > [snip] > > > > I don't, and I don't intend to get one anytime soon. > > > > > > btw, in case anyone misinterpreted, that was an > advanced |not| == 'is it the case that most conlangers > don't have mobile phones?'
[snip] Ahh, typical case of confusion about English loaded questions. I used to have a Classical Greek prof who could never figure out which way a question was loaded in English, i.e., is it "you don't ... do you?" --> expecting "no" and "you do ... don't you?" --> expecting "yes or is it the other way round? It's not hard to figure out when the question is simple; but when the question itself contains complex negatives, double negatives, etc., it quickly becomes really muddy. <ObConlang><shameless Ebisedian plug> Fortunately, Ebisedian has a very clear-cut way of loading questions. In Ebisedian, yes/no questions are indicated by an interrogative particle, usually _a'ne_ ["?an&]. For example: a'ne lyy's jh3t3' moo'ju? [*] "Is it true that she went to the city?" To load a question toward an affirmative answer, _ji'ne_ is used instead: ji'ne lyy's jh3t3' moo'ju? "She went to the city, didn't she?" To load a question toward a negative answer, _my'ne_ is used instead: my'ne lyy's jh3t3' moo'ju? "She didn't go to the city, did she?" Note [*]: although I put a question mark in the orthography for readability, technically there are no question marks in Ebisedian. In native script, there is unquestionably only a single sentence-break mark. :-) </shameless Ebisedian plug></ObConlang> T -- Give me some fresh salted fish, please.