word order (was Re: Random DWJ discovery of the day)
rohina at shaw.ca
Mon Apr 4 19:20:20 EDT 2005
Colin Fine wrote:
> In response to Gili: When James Cooke Brown wrote a grammar of his
> artificial language Loglan, he added an appendix entitled "The
> fourteen meanings of 'pretty little girls school'". The point, of
> course, was that Loglan distinguished all fourteen (though actually I
> seem to remember that three of them were rather dubious and eleven
> might be a better count). He did distinguish (for example) "School for
> girls who are beautifully small" from "School for girls who are pretty
> and small".
It's a pity he apparently didn't understand the use of the apostrophe -
without it, neither of the suggested meanings are actually possible.
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