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"women, fire, and [other] dangerous things"
In search of the world's hardest language.

Fascinating article...

Because my geekdom knows no boundaries, it made me think (amongst other things) that the "St. Crispin's Day speech" might look very... interesting... in Kwaio. ;-) Seriously, though, I think the author may have something wrong here- I can think of cases where one must consider the inclusive/exclusive nature of one's phrasing... and a qualifier would be useful.

And requiring politicians, journalists, and other public voices to speak in an evidential language? I like it!

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Heh. I like the compiler error messages.

Here is, as I perceive them, the difficulty in speaking -- on a policy level -- in an evidential language.

If I see something, I use "I know." If I believe something though have no evidential support for it, I use "I assume" -- that's clear. But when you're dealing with policy-level issues, things are rarely, if ever, that clear.

Say I work for the Food and Nutrition Service and my computer gives me the number of people receiving SNAP benefits in northeast CT -- do I know that or assume it? Let's say I then do a statistical analysis of how many people in my region of CT are getting food assistance (SNAP or from a food bank, with the latter numbers compiled from the people administering those programs) -- is that knowing or assuming? What if I'm me, speaking on the issue of food insecurity in NE CT -- if I'm using this data that I trust and rely on, am I assuming since I don't have personal knowledge of these people and their utilizing these services?

And if I am, my political opponent says -- without any data whatsoever -- that food insecurity isn't an issue at all in this region. Both of our statements would be the same -- even though I actually *do* have an evidential basis for my statement and he doesn't.

Or am I overthinking this?

I'm too tired to answer that in evidential terms. ;-)

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