word order (was Re: Random DWJ discovery of the day)

Anna Zofia Skarzynska ania at gnomic.freeserve.co.uk
Mon Apr 4 20:21:27 EDT 2005


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robyn Starkey" <rohina at shaw.ca>
To: <dwj at suberic.net>
Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2005 12:20 AM
Subject: Re: word order (was Re: Random DWJ discovery of the day)


> 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.
> 
> Robyn


Both are possible if you ignore the spelling and just say it out loud.


Ania

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