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Pronoun Sg/Pl Differentiation (was: Recalled to life)

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 15, 2002, 0:56
On Mon, 14 Oct 2002 17:09:15 -0400 "Nathaniel G. Lew"
<natlew@...> writes:
> One big exception is the 1st-person pronouns. "I" and "we" feel to > me > like really different concepts, although I understand that several > Asian > languages just pluralize "I" for "we" or, if they have no plural, > use the > same word. I guess I am just an individualist anti-communitarian > American > conlanger at heart ;-) The other exception is with the third-person > non- > human (demonstrative) pronouns. Those are both singular and plural > in > lots of languages, but I decided to put the strong (lexical) > singular/plural division in the language there because it was the > most > elegant place in the system to put it. Since those pronouns are > used as > articles, it makes separate inflection for number unnecessary. > - Nat
- In my Goblin language, Gabwe, there are 4 first-person pronouns, but only one each of persons #2 and #3: ek = me hib = we (me+you) gur' = we (me+them) tuy = we (me+you+them) yaw = you (singular and plural) da = them (singular and plural) -Stephen (Steg) "tezar, uh tezar-nyet?"