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Re: my next project: language of the Mandai

From:bnathyuw <bnathyuw@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 13, 2002, 19:38
 --- Tom Little <tom@...> wrote: > Hi folks -
> > My next project is a language for a people called > the Mandai, who tend to > view their experience not in terms of events, but in > terms of > relationships, with a strong preference for > symmetrical relationships. I > want to see how far I can push this idea. For > example, the idea of A > killing B would be rendering in terms of two > relationships: conflict (in > which A and B partake symmetrically) and > (metaphorical) embrace between B > and Death. >
i'll be interested to see what you come up with. my language bac, which i've posted a certain amount about in the last few weeks, was originally conceived as a language which didn't see verbs as actions of one thing on another, but rather relationships. however, maybe i didn't have your patience, and many of the 'relationships' only have one relandum ( some have none (!) or three or four ). all the same, it eschews transitivity. i'ld like to see whether our schemes have anything in common tho . . . your analysis of murder as a pair of relationships certainly has resonances ! bn __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts