(From Lognet 92/3)

Sau La Takrultua (From the Talk-Rule-Worker = Grammarian)

A new LIP is now available to replace all LIPs earlier than 2.2 and Grammar 77. Some of the features are on probationary trial. For the new grammar features, see the Academy article, Sau La Keugru.

A major change was implemented to deal with a situation that has confused beginning logli, the parsing differences depending on whether little words are compounded or written separately, a difference which would not be apparent in speech. The preparser was adjusted to compound all LWs not separated by punctuation (comma, period). When the lexer encountered such a compound, it decompounded it, and recompounded LW groups normally written compounded. This exercise disclosed previously unnoticed ambiguities in the spoken language (e.g. I fo ba tobme becomes *Ifo ba tobme where Ifo is an acronym). Such cases will now have to be written with a “resolution comma” to remind the reader that a pause is necessary in speech. Most such pauses are natural enough. The most unnatural pauses were caused by the conflict between the use of letterals as acronyms, and as proarguments (anaphora). To avoid these awkward pauses, it was decided to construct acronyms with the upper case lettoral set TAI, and restrict anaphora to the other letterals. Users of LIP should note, however, that this change has not been, and may well not be approved by the Academy. Other solutions are possible, and under active consideration.

Because they compound differently, causals (KOU) were separated from other PA words, but the grammar remains the same. Note also that le po preda (short scope) must now be written le, po preda to distinguish it from lepo preda (long scope).

It was recently noted that sentences with no bi do not parse. The reasons for this are rather technical, and the Academy has approved a change in the grammar to correct this anomaly. At the same time, it has been found that the grammar can be simplified by placing LA in the LE lexeme. These changes are expected to be transparent to the user, but have not yet been implemented in the above-mentioned LIP.