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[lojban-beginners] Re: (no subject)
coi .selxar. do cusku di'e
> Looking at some gismu I found out that they seem to be
> composed of two parts - a cmavo and a rafsi of another gismu.
> Could this lead to ambiguity if they are run together in a string?
Yes, but you're not allowed to run them together into a string.
> In oral speech these could be distinguished by terbasna
And indeed they have to be. selbri (gismu, lujvo, fu'ivla) are accented on
the penult (next-to-last syllable), so it is always clear where the word
ends. And stressed cmavo may not be followed immediately by a brivla, so
that "LOjboPREnu" can only mean "LOjbo PREnu" and never "LO jboPREnu" --
which would have to be either "lo jboPREnu" (unstressed cmavo) or "LO
.jboPREnu" (mandatory pause).
> what if they are allowed to be *written* together?
You can't write a selbri together with a following cmavo.
(I'm not sure whether you're allowed to write a *preceding* cmavo together.
I know jbofi'e can handle it, since it's unambiguous due to the crunchiness
requirement of gismu, lujvo, and fu'ivla where those words begin.)