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
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 http://www.ccil.org/~cowan firstname.lastname@example.org
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