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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: > >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.
For what's countable nouns in normal languages, wouldn't the "small amount" number VERY easily become a de facto singular number? Andreas _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at


Shreyas Sampat <nsampat@...>