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Re: Person marking on nouns?

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Friday, February 27, 2004, 19:58
En réponse à Peter Bleackley :

>Interesting. Sanae-sensei is a native speaker, and seemed to be quite happy >teaching it as a spoken form. The class is taught entirely in Japanese, >with no English used.
My Japanese teacher was also a native speaker (with a very bad Japanese accent in her French :)) ) and taught us that form warning us that using it in speech was being overly polite and literary. You wouldn't use a simple form in -masu in such a register. Also, I watch Japanese programs nearly everyday, and I can tell you they never use the conjunctive form in speech :) . Even the -te form is usually used only in polite conversations. In everyday speech, it's "soshite" everywhere :)) . Christophe Grandsire. You need a straight mind to invent a twisted conlang.