On Fri, Aug 20, 2004 at 01:37:35PM -0700, Jorge Llamb?as wrote:
> --- Robin Lee Powell wrote:
> > No, you can't, for two reasons:
> > 1. You can point to the area around you; it's in all possible
> > directions, and you can only point in one.
> Of course you can: point with your finger about 45 degrees downwards
> and make a circular motion.
That describes a circle at my feet. It does not point at everything in
the immediate area.
> But you don't have to take "pointing" so literally in any case.
Why the bloody hell not? If I didn't want to take things literally, I
wouldn't be studying Lojban!
However, you do bring up a possible solution, which is to define ti, ta
and tu as "something near/medium/far from the speaker, possibly pointed
at". I think that's what the Founders wanted anyways, although they can
speak for themselves.