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Re: ?? Re: a "natural language" ?

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Sunday, December 5, 2004, 14:23
Ray wrote, in response to Rodlox:
> >>>> [ablauts] sometimes intersecting > >>>> one another but sometimes not, > > > > how does something intersect? > > Not a grammatical or linguistic term.
Well, in linguistics one does talk about intersecting distributions.
> It's meaning will depend upon context, of which very little is given.
Yeah... well, if I'd given too much more context, it'd'a driven the thread way far afield! :)
> But if it follows on from the > above, I would guess that the language has more than one type of ablaut > patterning and that some nouns and verbs exhibits mixes where some forms > show, say, pattern A and other parts pattern B
That's correct. In Georgian some nouns and some verbs show e.g. zero-grade ablauting (although it's not usually characterized as such for nouns), but their origins are completely different. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637