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>
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