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Pretty little girls' school (was: Non-linear / full-2d writing systems?)

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Saturday, May 14, 2005, 17:06
On Friday, May 13, 2005, at 07:37 , Ph. D. wrote:

> Sai Emrys wrote: >> >> Someone explain the "little girls' school" reference? I have not heard > it.... > > > It's the canonical example of ambiguity in English: > > "pretty little girls school"
Yep, that's the full form. But that's specific to English in that 'pretty' has two uses & set of meanings: 1. adjective - pleasing, having superficial attractiveness, beautiful without dignity, etc. 2. adverb - fairly, tolerably, to some extent etc. Now I assume that in the sort of 2d writing that we have been discussing, these two sets of meanings would be expressed by different symbols; hence I just used "little girls' school" because all languages (at least in cultures where schools are known) will have words (some possible polymorphemic) for: little(ness) girl school What I meant is that if one merely puts symbols representing [little} {girl.PL} {school} into a frame/ cartouche or whatnot, then the meaning is ambiguous and IMO relying upon context to disambiguate is a poor way of doing things. With just the three words the possible meanings I think are just two: 1. parua schola puellarum - a liitle school which girls attend 2. schola paruarum puellarum - a school attended by little girls I realize that in the sort of NLF2DWS Sai has in mind, this problem would not occur at all. Ray =============================================== =============================================== "A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language." J.G. Hamann, 1760