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The Spem conlang

The Spem conlang: linking clauses

The two main types of linking clauses are "if _ then _", and "because _ therefore _". In most languages, these expressions don't distinguish between the different types of relationships they can imply, such as causation and deduction. For example, "If you do X, Y will happen" (meaning that X will cause Y) is a different meaning from "If you do X, that entails that Y will happen" (X might not be the cause of Y, but that it happens gives us reason to believe Y will happen). Spem distinguishes these different relationships:

It's also possible to put them in the other order ("_ if _" and "_ because _"). When doing this it's recommended to include both words for clarity:

"zo <effect> yey <cause>"

"ko <deduction> ye <condition>"

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