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> > > grammer.300 claims that ZEI works on ZOI, ZO and LOhU...LEhU
> > > clauses. I'm pretty sure this is just a YACC side effect; it
> > > certainly seems amazingly ridiculous to me. If anyone disagrees,
> > > let me know.
> >
> > I disagree.
> OK. Tell me what is special about these constructs that something
> that binds together words:
> zei ZEI lujvo glue
> joins preceding and following words into a
> lujvo
> should be able to bind these things, which are clearly not single
> words, as well?

I am not too picky about the meaning of "word". The way I see it,
{zei} grabs the first thing it finds to its right and the first thing
it finds to its left and sticks them together to form a tanru unit.

If you are picky about what "word" means there, then {da zei de zei di}
should give error as well.

> And if it can bind these things, why not'u, or tu'e...tu'u,
> or any other grouped construct?

Because {zei} has precedence over those, so it will just grab
{li'u} or {tu'u} by itself.

I am not particularly interested in the *effects* of allowing {zei}
to work on these constructs. I just want the simplest possible rule.
The way I see it now, {zo} and {zoi} act first, so {zei} has just
their output to work with. Maybe there is a simpler way of looking
at it?

mu'o mi'e xorxes


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