Monday, November 21, 2011

Sti Logi


IS GLOSA PUNCTUATION DIFFERENT THAN ENGLISH PUNCTUATION?

Short answer:  The semicolon (;) should be used to introduce subordinate clauses.

Long answer:

Subordinate clauses are sentences that are joined to other sentences and further describe one element of the main sentence.  Some examples:

It was Scotty.  +  He operated the transporter.  =
It was Scotty, who operated the transporter.
(The phrase after the comma describes Scotty.)
Pa es Skoti; qi pa akti u trans-me.

The president said it.  +  The society is out of money.  =
The president said (that) the society was out of money.
Un ante-sedi-pe pa dice; panto valuta de plu socia pa gene spende.

The lady will marry a man.  +  She saw him on a ship.  =
The lady will marry the man (whom) she saw on a ship.
U gina fu game ad un andro; (qi) fe pa vide in navi.

So what do you do when you really need a semicolon?  Most Glosists still use a semicolon.  I prefer to start a new sentence instead, although sometimes a double dash (—) conveys the meaning better.

2 comments:

  1. The trouble I have is when you speak a language you do not say -semicolon- or double dash... One of the things that concerns me is that some of the situations in Glosa seem to be to call for punctuation for things which works well when read but not spoken.
    also I don't like that the word for ten in not used for numbers below 99. mon bi may be read as 12 but mo deka bi is clearer. I think so, at least.

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  2. There is no simpler system than to say mo(no)-bi. Although this system is easily learned, when listening one must pay very close attention to what is being said. It takes a little getting used to, but simpler is always better in the end. On the other hand, one can say ten as "mo-ze"-- this also is logical.

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