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On Sat, 7 Feb 2015 13:59:52 -0500, Julian Garberson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>For another category of choices, what intangible nouns can one own, internalize, or claim as part of oneself? “My time?” “My sadness?” Do you have sadness, or are you sad, or are emotions conceived of as creatures who follow you and interact with you, like my imaginary symbiotic pet creatures the gruntles, mystical hug elementals, and hug bugs? Alternately, are concretized in some way like in the Gayákavrahan language, where emotions are treated as intangible but extant types of ore, which are potentially troublesome contaminants and are believed to exist even though the unenlightened cannot perceive all these varieties of emotion substances? I have heard the Hopi do not recognize the expression “my time.” Or in Spanish, it tends not be “I’m sorry,” but rather, one says “I feel it [your situation],” or “I lament it” — as with expressing sympathy in connection with some bad event, or one’s own mistake or problem, or the mistake or problem of another individual.
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Thanks much, that's exactly the kind of thing I want to see.

Jeff

>> On Feb 6, 2015, at 2:58 PM, J S Jones <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> So I'd like to engineer a naturalistic philosophical auxlang. But this presents some difficult choices. For example, are scalar opposites, like "hot" and "cold" derived from a common root (as in Ithkuil) or are they suppletive (as in English)? Another one: should the semantics of noun-noun compounds be made explicit, or are compounds such as "toothpaste", "raincoat", and "pepper stone" allowed? What other such choices can you think of?
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>> Jeff