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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