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CONLANG  June 1999, Week 1

CONLANG June 1999, Week 1

Subject:

Re: The Chinese "white horse" paradigm

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Boudewijn Rempt <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Constructed Languages List <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 1 Jun 1999 21:06:21 +0200

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On Tue, 1 Jun 1999, Brian Betty wrote:

> B.Philip Jonsson asked: "i don't get that one. did you ever read the
> Chinese "white horse" paradigm?"
>=20
> In Classical Chinese, yes. A wonderful text, if utter nonsense in transla=
tion.
>=20
> Bai ma fei ma
> "A white horse isn't a horse"
>=20
> where fei is specifically a negative copula, hence the confusion in Engli=
sh.
>=20
> Fei is a marked verb, a negative copula, where the English "isn't" isn't
> really marked. It makes a lot of s