Inherently unspeakable grammar
|From:||Peter Clark <pc451@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, November 8, 1998, 19:56|
> The unitary term language hides the interesting extra-estheticfactors:
> syntactic/semantic closeness to English, vocabulary size and scope,
> grammatical power, learnability by humans (Jacques Guy has posted some
> wonderful grammar sketches of adequate communication systems thatwould be
> inherently unspeakable by beings with our nueral wiring).
Not to change the subject, but since I already have, would some
kind person repost those examples? My curtuosity is piqued!
| \ O) ...for Christ plays in ten thousand places, )
_|__/ | Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his |
/ |eter | To the Father through the features of men's faces. |
| | | -Gerard Manley Hopkins, "As Kingfishers Catch Fire" |
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