[funsec] Re: Eats shoots and leaves... (was Re: anime thread

Drsolly drsollyp at drsolly.com
Fri Mar 16 11:33:22 CDT 2007

On Fri, 16 Mar 2007 Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu wrote:

> On Fri, 16 Mar 2007 10:06:15 CDT, Gadi Evron said:
> > Cognetive system issues or am I writing Hebrew in English again?
> "I know that what you thought you wrote wasn't what I thought I read, but
> I don't know if you know that what you thought I read isn't what I thought
> you wrote" :)
> Been there, done that - English is a word-order parsed language (the parts

It's worse than that. Why do I think that "The big red ball" is correct, 
but "The red big ball" sounds wrong?

English is downright *weird* in all sorts of ways.

> of speech are denoted by their order in the sentence - subject, verb, indirect
> object, direct object, yadda yadda yadda).  Latvian is an inflected language,
> so all the words are sorted by relative order of importance and the word
> endings sort it all out.  The upshot of it all is that when my mother starts
> a sentence in one language and finds she needs to change languages mid-sentence
> (usually due to her being unable to remember a word in one language or the
> other), she can find herself with a pile of words that won't fit into the
> sentence so far...
> (And no, I don't have the foggiest idea what the Latvian for 'cd-rom' is
> either, so I'd end up equally mystified whether or not my mom changed languages
> trying to ask me a question about one :)

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