Re: "Barely but booleanly"
|From:||Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, June 5, 2008, 1:14|
On Jun 4, 2008, at 6:27 PM, Sai Emrys wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 3, 2008 at 2:40 PM, <MorphemeAddict@...> wrote:
>> How about something like "I do X, but just barely"?
> That's pretty similar.
> But the question wasn't whether this sentiment can be expressed with a
> circumlocution - it certainly can.
> The question was, does anyone have that adverb, i.e. one with
> null semantic content?
> - Sai
I think the adverb you are asking about is basically the polar
opposite of "not"; correct me if I'm wrong. I remember deciding to
include a word with that function in my first conlang, Zaraitian,
after I noticed that English didn't have a good word for it.
After Wayne's World came out and popularized the use of "not!" at the
end of sentences (or grafted on as a separate sentence), my cousin
once said "too!" in response to "not!", parallel to "is not!" : "is
too!". To me, the word "so" feels more appropriate, even though I
generally prefer "is too" to "is so".
As for my current conlang, Dhakran, I plan to include that word but
don't know what form it will take. Actually, there will be a related
set of words "so" : "not" : "whether; if; question marker for yes/no
questions", plus some words which take on the truth value of another
proposition which has been mentioned.