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Re: affixes

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Sunday, February 20, 2005, 16:41
On Sat, Feb 19, 2005 at 10:56:26PM -0500, # 1 wrote:
> I thought again about that grammar concept.. > > Isn't exactly as an SOV, postpositionnal, noun-adj language?
> As I see it, a LIFO grammar is only a complicated way to explain a grammar > that is explainable in traditional way?
Well, first, saying it's a LIFO grammar is a lot shorter. As to how "complicated" it is, it depends entirely on your background; LIFO makes instant sense to me. But there is also more to it than that.
> Is there a difference I didn't see??
A LIFO grammar opens up possibilities that go beyond the structure of a single sentence. There's no reason you can't mention a noun, or several, and then do absolutely nothing with them, just leaving them on the stack, until after you've constructed several other complete sentences, and then suddenly complete the thought involving an early noun. Humans don't think that way, and would have trouble remembering what the original noun was, but the Fith apparently actually process language with a stack in their brains, so there's no difficulty for them. -Marcos