Re: Genitive Relationships again
|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Monday, March 15, 1999, 15:32|
Sally Caves scripsit:
> What if it was taken to the nth degree, and EVERY
> noun that described something capable of being possessed
> had a different word for it: My book, but your scroll, his
There is a genre of jokes which claims that English
inflects adjectives for person (by suppletion), thus:
I am firm, you are stubborn, he is pig-headed.
There is a related genre that inflects them for gender
as well, but I will spare us all the examples.
> Getting back to whoever it was who suggested the
> two sets of pronoun systems, one that was neutral
> and the other that conferred violence upon the verb...
> I really like that!
The Taelon language (from _Earth: The Final Conflict_ on
U.S. TV) uses the same sentences for radically opposed
notions: notoriously, "We come in peace" and "We come in
anger" sound the same.
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan firstname.lastname@example.org
You tollerday donsk? N. You tolkatiff scowegian? Nn.
You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn.
Clear all so! 'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)