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Let the listener guess what happened

From:Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 28, 2004, 16:21
I ran across some notes from several years ago about
an idea for a language where the participants in the
drama are enumerated, but the actual action is left
for the reader/listener to infer.  For example:

John the thrower; Fred the catcher; and the ball.

"John threw the ball to Fred" does not specify whether
Fred succeeded in catching the ball or not. However
the construction "John the thrower; Fred the catcher;
and the ball." sort of implies that Fred actually
caught the ball.

It seems like one could design a language where each
sentence has only two words, describing one
participant in the drama. The complete collection of
sentences would imply some event that the reader must
figure out for themselves.

Just a random brain dump.


Rene Uittenbogaard <ruittenb@...>
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