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methods of resolving mismatches between place structures and number of overt sumti


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Jorge Llamb?as scripsit:

> I would very much like to do a rationalization of place
> structures. Unfortunately (or fortunately rather) it is
> not only up to me.

There is certainly no reason why you can't create a proposal with
place structure changes and the reasons for them under the byfy
aegis.

> That's one of the reasons I proposed at some point to
> re-interpret blank in the prescription as {zi'o} rather than
> as {zo'e}, to bring the prescription more in line with usage.

This evades the issue, though, because it brings in novel semantics
under the table. If you want new semantics for gismu, figure
out what they should be, rather than claiming that "da broda"
and "da broda de" have different possible values for da. Doing
that splits each n-place gismu into 2^n-1 new predicates, only
one of which has a formal definition. (It also forces observatives
to be treated as even more of a special case than they already are.)

--
A: "Spiro conjectures Ex-Lax." John Cowan
Q: "What does Pat Nixon frost her cakes with?" cowan@ccil.org
--"Jeopardy" for generative semanticists http://www.ccil.org/~cowan

 


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