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Re: Degree in Ithkuil vs. S7

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 31, 2004, 5:14
Philippe Caquant wrote:

> My idea was to have a "fictional" mode at hand, if > needed, so you don't have to remember all the time > "did the speaker say 'Once upon a time' or didn't he > ?". But usually one can do without, because aftter > reading or listening only a few sentences, you easily > understand by yourself that it's about a fairy world > (or an SF one, or any imaginary world). It's just the > same as for irony: you donn't have to see a flag > marked "THIS IS IRONY" to understand that it is.
Tirelat used to have a "narrative" evidential marker. Somewhere along the line, I decided it wasn't necessary (probably for similar reasons). The "narrative" form wasn't strictly for fictional purposes, but was more or less neutral as an evidential marker, not claiming one way or another whether the statement is true. In most cases, a similar effect can be achieved with one of the other evidentials (in particular the inferential or hearsay forms).