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Discussion of "fa'u'ai"
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Comment #4: Re: Operation when mixed in with fa'u
Curtis W Franks (Mon Jan 19 14:47:12 2015)

durka42 wrote:
> I don't know about the usefulness of this cmavo, but...
> Seems to me fa'u is associative, and fa'u'ai is associative, but in
> combination they are not associative. Connectives are left-associative
> (see CLL 14.7).
> krtisfranks wrote:
> > krtisfranks wrote:
> > > I am not sure how «.a'y fa'u by fa'u cy fa'u dy broda zy fa'u'ai
> > > fa'u xy fa'u'ai .uy» should be interpreted.
> >
> fa'u(fa'u(fa'u(A, B), C), D) broda fa'u'ai(fa'u'ai(fa'u'ai(Z, Y), X), W)
> fa'u(fa'u(fa'u(A, B), C), D) broda fa'u'ai(fa'u'ai(fa'u(Y, Z), X), W)
> fa'u(fa'u(fa'u(A, B), C), D) broda fa'u'ai(fa'u(X, fa'u(Y, Z)), W)
> fa'u(fa'u(fa'u(A, B), C), D) broda fa'u(W, fa'u(X, fa'u(Y, Z)))
> So I guess it works out to "A-B-C-D broda W-X-Y-Z". (If done in speech,
> may also work out to your te cusku punching you in the face.)
> > Or, for that matter, how «.a'y fa'u'ai by broda zy fa'u'ai by»
> be
> > interpreted (although the syntax at least is clear in this case).
> Seems to me it would be the same as "A-B broda Z-B" (or "B-A broda

I agree.
(I use this word('s equivalent) frequently enough in English.)

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