Re: YANC: Plausibility question
|From:||Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, June 13, 2001, 17:02|
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:
>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.
For what's countable nouns in normal languages, wouldn't the "small amount"
number VERY easily become a de facto singular number?
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