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Re: qepHommaj

What about <HIja'>? It could mean yes, or it could be a command/request,
"tell me".

-----Original Message-----
From: Sean Healy <>
To: <>
Date: Wednesday, January 09, 2002 7:38 PM
Subject: Re: qepHommaj

>>jIH: naDev wej tlhIngan Hol jatlhwI' lutu'lu'.
>The first time I read this, I parsed it as 'There aren't any Klingon
>speakers here yet.'  As that did not make sense within the context, I had
>reread it it, and then it was clearly, 'There are three Klingon speakers
>Does anyone else have any examples of ambiguous statements (deliberate or
>unintentional) that they've run into?  I'd like to collect some and maybe
>put up a webpage.
>I find this one especially interesting, as amiguities generally fall into
>two ctaegories: semantic ambiguities, where a single word can mean two
>things (example: 'Our bikinis are exciting.  They're simply the tops.'),
>structural ambiguities, where a word can be interpreted as belonging to two
>different parts of the phrase (example: 'my rabbit's foot'), but this one
>requires both, i.e., {wej} could be interpreted as part of the header or as
>part of the object, and it has two different meanings.
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