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Re: Introduction and Þēwthàj Phonology

From:Kevin Athey <kevindeanathey@...>
Date:Friday, January 28, 2005, 18:10
>From: Henrik Theiling <theiling@...> > >Yes, I like ambiguity, too. Although in my Tyl Sjok, I think I pushed >it a bit too far, as I mentioned on the list a few times: almost all >particles are optional and the words are not marked for word class and >are not inflected, and word order does not mark the nesting of >clauses/phrases. So the whole structure of the sentence is ambiguous. >I now regard it as a proto-language for this reason -- derived >languages will force a lot more explicit marking.
Such a language is still functional, of course. Classical Chinese works like that, more or less. Between convention and context, languages are mighty good at disambiguating. <grin> Athey _________________________________________________________________ Express yourself instantly with MSN Messenger! Download today - it's FREE!