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On Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 2:14 PM, Jim Henry <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 4:59 PM, Brian <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > I had a fleeting idea that sarcasm would make for a good mood in a
> conlang. For example: instead of indicating sarcasm with tone or body
> language actually have a separate verbal mood for it. But then I realized
> that it might defeat the entire purpose of sarcasm itself.
>
> gj-zym-byn has the modal particle {belm}, indicating ironic or
> sarcastic intent; it follows the verb, like other adverbial particles.
>
> http://www.pobox.com/~jimhenry/gzb/grammar.htm#irony
>
> There was a discussion about explicit marking of sarcasm on the
> AUXLANG list  a few years ago:
>
> http://listserv.brown.edu/archives/cgi-bin/wa?A1=ind0508b&L=auxlang&D=0
>
> Scroll down to the thread about "Causal or explanatory conjunctions".
> Be warned that parts of the discussion are in Esperanto, Ido and
> Interlingua, as usual for the AUXLANG list in those days.
>
> --
> Jim Henry
> http://www.pobox.com/~jimhenry/


I've only read part of your first e-mail so far, but the orthography you're
using for gzb seems very foreign to me.  Is this an older version of the
orthography, or am I just going crazy?  If it has changed, do you happen to
have a summary of the history of the changes?

-Daniel