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Re: sei

Lojbab, discussing the meaning of {le voksa cu cusku sei krefu sei krefu}:
>> or perhaps
>> The voice said (I say again) (And AGAIN).

Jorge replies:
>This is similar to what John said, but I still don't understand
>how {krefu}, which means "event x1 is a repetition of event x2"
>can be closer to "I say again" than to "happens repeatedly".
>Where is the "I" coming from, and why is {krefu} suddenly being
>used as "repeat" in the sense of "say again"? Isn't that very

The "I" comes from the presumption that attitudinals deal with the speaker's
attitude towards the subject matter.  For example, {vofli .ui} means that
the speaker is pleased about something flying, not that it's a happy kind of
It's more like {vofli co se gleki mi} than {gleki vofli}.  Similarly, then,
{cusku sei krefu} should be more like {cusku co se krefu mi} than {krefu cusku}.

If you want it to refer to something other than the speaker, you should fill
in the x1 with something else to override the {mi} default.  e.g. {le nanmu
cu klama le zarci sei la noras. cusku}

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