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rlpowell posts: 14214

On Sun, Nov 07, 2004 at 08:34:27PM -0500, Mark E. Shoulson wrote:
> Robin Lee Powell wrote:
>
> >On Sat, Nov 06, 2004 at 07:17:22PM -0800, Jorge Llamb?as wrote:
> >
> >
> >>BTW, is there any way to get out of a ZOI clause if you forget
> >>what you used as an opening delimiter? You just start reciting
> >>the dictionary?
>
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> I can't shake the feeling that we do need to worry about this
> though.

I, on the other hand, find it an amazingly pointless thing to worry
about. First of all, most speakers use the same thing for the
delimiter 99% of the time (zoi is good for this; doesn't come up a
lot). For another, imagine how hostile your listener would have to
be to *not* cope with:

mi pu vitke la'o zoi The Great Cathedral Of The Infinite Light Of
The Procession Of Heaven .y. .y. .u'u mi na morji ma kau poi valsi
gi'e fanmo zo zoi

I mean, seriously. Anyone who can't put up with that is a dickhead.
In the computer case, you should be able to look at previous text.

If a situation comes up where you *must* have an out (verbal
computer input, for example), define a non-Lojban word for that
context that always leaves a zoi ("antidisestablismentarianism", for
example).

-Robin

 


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