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Special meaning of V-initial

>> > I agree. I would also prefer that V-initial not be singled out like
>> > that.
>> Do we know why it is? A relic of some ancient Brownian predilection?

>Something to do with the Loglan imperative, I think.

I also remember seeing an argument related to relative phrases something
like this:  in a {poi broda} phrase it's likely that you'll want x1 to be
{ke'a} and to explicitly state x2.  If V-initial weren't special, and if
syntax within a poi were consistent with sentence-level syntax, then you'd
have to explicitly use {fe} or {zo'e} or {ke'a} to get to the x2.

For example, now we say {le nanmu poi prami mi} and the x1 of {prami} is
elided, and we can assume it's {ke'a}, which here equals {le nanmu}.
Without this special treatment of V-initial, we'd have to say {le nanmu poi
prami ke'a mi} or {le nanmu poi ke'a prami mi} or {le nanmu poi ke'a mi
prami}.  So: it saves 2 syllables in what's arguably the most common way of
using {poi}.  May or may not be worth it, depending on how you value word
order flexibility vs. brevity.

BTW should I stick this along with the historical explanation in the FAQ?  I
do think I've heard the question before.
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