Speaking of Vlad and Kiera

Fri Feb 21 07:39:23 PST 2003

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steven Brust [mailto:skzb at dreamcafe.com]
> Sent: Friday, February 21, 2003 10:25
> To: Mark A Mandel
> Cc: Draegara List
> Subject: Re: Speaking of Vlad and Kiera
> At 09:59 AM 2/21/2003 -0500, Mark A Mandel wrote:
> >
> >Yeah. How in hell do English-speakers manage to say "He's gone" without
> >the absolutely vital grammatical distinctions between the degrees of
> >certainty implied by "I saw him leave", "I saw him put his coat on and
> >then I heard the door open and close", "Somebody told me he'd left", and
> >"I haven't seen him for an hour"? No joke: there are languages where
> >you can't avoid these distinctions any more than you can avoid verb
> >tense or biological pronoun gender in English.
> See...this is why I like having you on the list.

*sigh* I admire those who can make any language sit up and beg.
I have no talent for languages other than to badly mix metaphors.
Although I can swear in 3 or 4 which is useful on occasion.


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