Re: Question about anaphora
|From:||Rob Haden <magwich78@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, June 5, 2003, 4:54|
I was thinking of how to apply the anaphora problems mentioned to
OurTongue, and I think I've come up with a "solution":
OurTongue also lacks grammatical gender, having only one 3rd person pronoun
(sg. nom./acc. si/se, pl. seni/sen). It also has two demonstratives,
o "this (near)" and ta "that (far)". I thought of combining the
demonstratives with the 3rd person pronouns to eliminate some ambiguity:
osi/oseni literally "this-he", used as "himself" or emphasizing "the former"
tasi/taseni literally "that-he", used as "him (other)" or emphasizing "the
So, sentences like the following can be free (I think) of ambiguity:
Ereka ose anto. "He wants him(self) to go." (Lit. "That-he-go this-him he-
Ereka tase anto. "He wants him (other) to go." (Lit. "That-he-go that-him
Does this work well?