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Re: 3rd person reflexive(s) (was Re: Greenberg's Word Order Universals

From:Jonathan Chang <zhang2323@...>
Date:Thursday, September 14, 2000, 22:56
In a message dated 2000:09:14 3:46:55 PM, smithma@UCLA.EDU quotes me then

>> makee pidjin/Neu Spelin Inglis esampul: >> >> Hi bin talk hi in rigard hihi plenti graed. >> >> (in this example, _hihi_ refers to the 2nd male person in the sentence) >> hehe... > >Is that a requirement, or could it also have refered to the first male >person? Just curious.
Yepyep. In order to refer to the 1st male the sentence would simply read: Hi bin talk hi in rigard hi plenti graed. :) It makes a sorta logical sense in a language that uses reduplication and word order syntax structuring. czHANg "It would be ironic if the answer to Babel were pidgin and not Pentecost." - George Steiner, _After Babel: Aspects of Language & Translation_