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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]>
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