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

Chris Dollin eh at electric-hedgehog.net
Tue Apr 5 12:55:12 EDT 2005


On Tuesday 05 Apr 2005 12:20 am, Robyn Starkey wrote:
> 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.

Unless you're trying to pronounce names like mk'ziptl or hel'dir'k, the
apos'trophe (being an artifac't of writting) is silent.

-- 
Chris the Hedgehog

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