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Re: Shaquelingua and Teonaht (was: discussion of verbless languages)

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 9, 2004, 1:27
Sally Caves scripsit:

> I got some criticism for that when I first joined CONLANG... someone > described it as "counterproductive."
Sounds like a typical auxlanger remark. :-)
> Teonaht has three different ways to express "having" something; > something you have nonvolitionally by virtue of its being an innate > thing, such as a body part, a disposition, or a family member; something > you own by having taken or bought it volitionally; and something that > is with you presently, like a pencil, but which you acquired somewhat > indifferently.
Lojban has the same three grades, but the middle grade is more broadly defined and doesn't require legal or customary ownership. Rather, the defining concept is specific-ness of possession: if it's mine (in this middle sense) it can't be yours too. In the first grade, it's strictly impossible that it be both yours and mine; in the third grade, it can easily be both yours and mine. The middle grade compromises. -- John Cowan Please leave your values Check your assumptions. In fact, at the front desk. check your assumptions at the door. --sign in Paris hotel --Cordelia Vorkosigan


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