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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. YHL