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Links together conmectands in a single list until connectives end or get interrupted (say, by a higher-precedent different connective); so "x1 ce'au x2 ce'au x3" produces a single ordered list of period three of form "x1, x2, x3, x1, x2, x3, x1, ... [etc.]". If the list has a natural or known definitive initial state/element (but no such terminating one), then it is the first element which is mentioned; likewise, if the list has a natural or known definitive terminating state/element (but no such initial one), then it is the last item/connectand explicitly mentioned and linked by this word into the same list; both of these are semi-infinite cases. Finite cases have no pressuposed beginning or end state/item. This word is agnostic on whether the list is finite (only finitely many repetitions naturally/are known to occur; arbitrarily many periods/cycles or otherwise), semi-infinite (infinitely many repetitions occur, but there is a definitive start or end state which is natural or known to occur; it is also agnostic, in this case, about which of these options is the applicable one), or doubly-infinite (extends in both directions infinitely; infinitely many cycles, no definitive beginning or end). If exactly two items are linked into the list in total, then the list is 2-periodic: it alternates between the two items (back-and-forth); examples of this would be "on and off" (describing, say, a flickering light), "right, left, right, left, ..." (describing walking), etc. Having exactly three items in the list will produce a list which is 3-periodic and 'rotates' through the items cyclically in order; an example of this would be a description of traffic light signals ("green, yellow, red, green, yellow, red, green, ..."); it does not oscillate/swing back and forth between the explicit 'period endpoints' (so, NOT "green, yellow, red, yellow, green, yellow, red, yellow, green, ..."). See also: je, ce, fa'u. |