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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 > essentially > 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.


Kelly Alioth Drinkwater <mizunomi@...>