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    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2018
     
    No matter your views on human-vs-machine language, I think my question still holds some water:

    "How simple can a grammar be to express the range of human ideas?"
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    Very interesting.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2018
     
    One would have to set limits on that range. Could it express love or rage in poetry and metaphor, rather than just rearranging dictionary definitions?
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2018 edited
     
    All of the above, even with any of today's human languages, would be difficult to pin down. What exactly constitutes love or rage or poetry?

    Pidgin English, for example, could be argued to be capable of a full range of expression.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2018
     
    How would you distinguish between "I like that" and "I do like that" in Pidgin?
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2018 edited
     
    In the second sentence, what"s the sense of "like"? Similarity or affection? It's even ambiguous using the regular lexicon.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2018
     
    Affection
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2018
     
    Which English Pidgin?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2018
     
    New Guinea Tok Pisin, to establish a baseline.
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    Niugini fly pisin too

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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2018 edited
     


    Ol bagarapim balus.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2018
     
    That's a strange Pidgin--has fourfold number one-two-three-many, for example.

    A bit beyond my skills, I'm afraid.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2018
     
    Official language of PNG.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2019 edited
     
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2019
     
    There's only one good cure for that Red Mercury.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2019
     
    Aw shucks. We have a whole subdivision here in Nanaimo called Cinnabar because it is built on a mountain of the stuff.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2019
     
    In April 2009 it was reported from Saudi Arabia that rumors that Singer sewing machines contained "red mercury" had caused the prices of such machines to massively increase in the Kingdom, with some paying up to SR200,000 for a single machine which could previously have been bought for SR200. Believers in the rumor claimed that the presence of red mercury in the sewing machines' needles could be detected using a mobile telephone; if the line cut off when the telephone was placed near to the needle, this supposedly proved that the substance was present.


    You can't make this foolishness up.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2019 edited
     
    Somebody did. Maybe Gwynneth...?
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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2019
     
    I like how those con-persons always seem to go the extra mile to make their 'products' the most harmful for the customer or the most harmful for the biosphere or both.
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    Perhaps one of Paltrow's ancestors had a spat with Sir Isaac.