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