User:Gleki/Particle ⟨le⟩ for anaphora, cataphora, exophora
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Initially proposed by la gleki:
le broda searches for the last sumti starting from x1 of no'a xi ro (in other words from the first sumti of the main predicate of the current sentence, then sequentially other sumti of no'a xi ro, then going back to di'u (previous sentences) and earlier. When a sumti is found such that SUMTI ca'a broda then it automatically refers to that SUMTI. broda can be wrapped into a sumti or can represent a bare selbri. Context are unspoken words and can contain unspoken broda' too.
Examples. broda wrapped into a sumti
|la .alis. cu viska lo ninmu .e lo nakla i le fetsi cu melbi|
Here le fetsi refers to lo ninmu since it was the last sumti such that lo ninmu ca'a fetsi
|la .alis. cu viska lo nakla i le fetsi cu melbi|
Here le fetsi refers to la .alis. if the context (other parts of text) show that la .alis. ca'a fetsi
Examples. broda as a bare selbri
|la djan cu cusku zo coi la meris .i le cusku cu gleki|
le cusku refers to la djan since the last selbri cusku has been used for describing him.
|la djan cu cusku zo coi la meris .i le bacru cu gleki|
Would bacru refer to cusku? Clearly, this is an edge case since the most common usage of le would be le fetsi for she and similar.
Example. The Reality is a text.
When a cat enters a room the Reality "says" ni'o lo mlatu cu nerkla lo kumfa. Then a Lojbanist can comment on this sutuation immediately starting with le:
|le mlatu ca zvati ti|
The cat is here.
The Reality can be represented as a text in a special way:
- ca, bu'u and fau correspond to no'a xi ro or dei in text form.
- pu corresponds to di'u or go'i in text form.
- This proposal is more in line with the actual past usage of le.
- It relies purely on discourse which is easy to track and parse.
- Note that le works not only anaphorically but also cataphorically due to "starting from x1 of no'a xi ro" part of the definition
- In the current version exophorics is not thought out.
- le fetsi = she
- le nakni = he
- le za'umei = they
- le prenu = ze/'ey
- le dacti = it
- bi'unai deals with already given information but doesn't count sumti back
- ri does count sumti back but not semantically.
- di'u doesn't deal with sumti