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And now for something completely different.

From:Matt M. <matt_mcl@...>
Date:Saturday, September 15, 2001, 6:07
I was just thinking about two sentences:

1) A pig is a kind of animal.
2) A species is a kind of animal.

However, you can't say "Pigs and species are both kinds of animals". Where
exactly is the difference in meaning - in the word "kind", maybe, or in
"is"? Are there any natlangs or conlangs in which these two sentences with
nonparallel meanings wouldn't have parallel structure?

Matt McLauchlin
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
English/français/esperanto/español
http://www.crosswinds.net/~montrealais

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