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Re: TECH: query on zoi & laho terminators
la kolin. cusku di'e
> > I believe the terminator is required to be a lojban word, and must
> > be set off from the text by lojban pause eather end. (Since
> > people usually use lerfu or names, the closing terminator
> > is normally followed by a pause too, but that's not part of
> > the rule).
la .and. cusku di'e
> My understanding is that zoi or laho is followed by any legal
> lojban syllable, & that this syllable acts as the terminator.
> I think I got this from John Cowan, & was so impressed at
> its ingenuity that I inceived it into my own language, discarding
> the previous method for dealing with the same problem.
Colin is right and And is wrong this time. The delimiter is a word, not
a syllable, and must follow the rules for Lojban words. So "ma." is fine,
and so is "la'o", but "tsy." is not usable. Of course, the word need not
have any meaning; it need merely be morphologically valid.
This set of rules allows you, with a little thought, to quote English text
which itself contains Lojban text:
la .and. cusku zoi tsulu. Colin said, "mi'e kolin." .tsulu
where "tsulu" is morphologically valid, but is a meaningless gismu and so
not likely to occur in Lojban-within-English-within-Lojban, unless of course
the 2nd-order Lojban text itself contains a 2nd-order English text, in