Re: YANC: Plausibility question
|From:||Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, June 13, 2001, 15:58|
On Wed, 13 Jun 2001, Shreyas Sampat wrote:
> Okay, I have this conlang that's milling around in my head with this ornate
> seven-(person/gender) system that works as follows:
> 1: Speaker
> 2: Addressee
> 3: Subject of discourse
> 4: Person in conversation but not specifically being addressed
> 5: Tangentially relevant entity
> 6: Nonperson: an object/location/concept
> 7: Hypothetical Entity
> Throretically, any nounlike thing takes the lowest-numbered person it can.
> How plausible is this?
> Incidentally, this lang treats all nouns as mass - it has numbers for no
> amount, a small amount, a large amount, and an unspecified amount.
I don't know if it's plausible or not, but I can't think of any reason
why it shouldn't be plausible, and gosh darn it, it's neat! :-) I would
love to see interlinears of sample sentences to see how it works.