On Wed, 6 Oct 2004 01:59:42 EDT, David Peterson <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > [P.P.S.: ObConlang: Ever consider how indirect requests work in > your conlang? E.g., "Can you pass the salt?" The question really > isn't about one's ability to pass the salt, thus an answer of "Yes, I > can", without any salt passing, would be considered inappropriate. Similarly, "May I ask you your name" expects a response of "Yes, it's XXX" or "No, I'd rather not tell you" - "Of course, anyone may ask" is not very helpful and would be considered inappropriate, even though it answers the literal question. Cheers, -- Philip Newton <[log in to unmask]> Watch the Reply-To!