Lack of ambiguity in Czech, was Re: EU allumettes
|From:||Doug Dee <amateurlinguist@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, May 4, 2004, 0:11|
In a message dated 5/3/2004 3:03:35 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
>Actually, there are some natlangs that are very nearly
>impossible to make ambiguous statements in (without
>violating mandatory rules of grammar). Czech is one
>-- so the Czechs have become adept at sneaking
>ambiguity into sentences by slurring key words (so that
>listeners can imagine that something else is being said)!
It's a bit cruel to make a statement like that without giving some examples
of how Czech is supposed to manage this trick, or at least referring us to a
book or other source.