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Re: demonstratives

From:jesse stephen bangs <jaspax@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 21, 2001, 2:02
Irina Rempt sikayal:

> On Mon, 19 Feb 2001, jesse stephen bangs wrote: > > > These all go in the same inflectional slot and are parallel, which is to > > say that they can't be used together. These prefixes are also parallel to > > the numerals, which means that Yivríndil can't say things like 'these > > three men.' > > What do you say when you want to say it, then? I'd imagine something > like "three men, that is, these" or "these men, three of them".
Most of the time Yivríndil speakers simply don't make the distinction--they'll say simply "three men," and leave it alone. If it's absolutely necessary for the distinction to be made, though, an appositive is used: Niyanar = the men néyanar = three men *Ninéyanar = the three men (doesn't exist) Niela, néyanar = These ones, three men = These three men Jesse S. Bangs "It is of the new things that men tire--of fashions and proposals and improvements and change. It is the old things that startle and intoxicate. It is the old things that are young." -G.K. Chesterton _The Napoleon of Notting Hill_ Conlanger code: CLI> l%p+++ cS:R:N:H a++ y n18d:6 X+++ A-- E-- L-- N2.5 Idmp k++ ia-- p+ m++ o+++ P d++ b++ Yivríndil