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An elegant distinction (was Re: brz, or Plan B revisited (LONG))

From:Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Date:Sunday, September 25, 2005, 17:29
On Sun, 25 Sep 2005 12:45:59 -0400, Jörg Rhiemeier
<joerg_rhiemeier@...> wrote:

>> Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...> writes: >> >... >> > > For evaluation purposes, I do find the post-fix order easier (too >> much >> > > Reverse Polish, no doubt :) >> > >> > My personal taste goes more towards a prefix order. But at any rate >> > NOT SVO! That's unelegant, and the notions of "subject" and "object" >> > doesn't apply well to loglangs anyway. >> >> Just curious: why 'unelegant'? I can understand that for more than >> two arguments, you get an asymmetry that might create the unelegance >> feeling. > > Yes. I was referring to Lojban-style languages where predicates > can have any number of arguments, and surely "X1 P X2 X3 X4" as > found (to my meager knowledge) in Lojban is not very elegant, > is it?
I think I see the problem. You guys seem to be conflating or confusing the artistic sense of "elegant" as "attractive" with the computer science sense of "elegant" as "well-designed". I think. Maybe. Certainly, it's a concept that needs to be more clearly defined when talking of loglangs and engelangs. It's an interesting usage point, I think, and kinda leads into the question: In what ways does your conlang partition semantic space differently to your native language? I'm most interested in the subtle, non-obvious or non-trivial ways this happens in different contexts or fields of discussion, but anything goes. I suspect this may require, in some cases, discussion of the ways your native language partitions semantic space differently to English, but I think I wouldn't mind that at all. Paul