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'And' and 'and' (Was: Re: Logic in Languages)

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Friday, June 28, 2002, 16:26
On Fri, Jun 28, 2002 at 09:02:06AM -0700, Marcus Smith wrote:
> There are languages with multiple types of what English uses "and" for. > For example, in the Athabaskan language Slave, they have plain-vanilla > "and", "and" implying only two participants are involved, "and" indicating > that both individuals were in the same event, and "and" indicating that > though there were multiple individuals they were not acting as a unit or > group.
Ebisedian has different conjunctions for nouns and verbs/sentences. The nominal conjunction _zo_ is only ever used emphatically; Ebisedian has "implicit conjunction", where nominal conjunctions are usually dropped except to prevent ambiguity or for emphasis. For verbs/sentences, _keve_ is used for "and". It actually implies more of a forward momentum than the English "and"; it might be better translated as "and so" or "and then". [snip]
> When dealing with coordinated sentences, there are languages where the > conjunctions tell whether the two clauses have the same subject or not, > or dictate the tense of the second conjunct relative to the first.
[snip] Interesting. I should come up with something like that for Ebisedian :-P T -- It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious. -- Sammy