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Re: Questions with law'/puS

David Trimboli ( [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']

Terrence Donnelly wrote:
> --- On Thu, 7/9/09, David Trimboli <> wrote:
>>>> It's special. It can't be interpolated or
>> expanded. It must remain
>>>> fixed. Period. Done. Game, set, and match.
>> rIntaH.
>>> Absence of evidence /= evidence of absence.
>> I didn't claim there was any evidence.
> You're claiming that since we've never seen the suffix {-'a'} (for
> example) used with {law'/puS}, its use is absolutely impossible,
> whereas all that proves is that we've never seen it.  Unless or until
> MO rules definitively "No", it remains a possibility.

Take away the "since we've never seen" part. I am making a statement 
unfounded by any evidence. It has only the force of opinion and 
conservatism. I speak prescriptively, as a style guide, not 
descriptively. It is not a claim, it is a directive.

I did NOT say it can't be done because we haven't seen it.

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