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Re: ANADEWISM? Plural only marked in animates

From:Elyse M. Grasso <emgrasso@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 4, 2005, 20:02
On Wednesday 04 May 2005 03:24 pm, Benct Philip Jonsson wrote:
> Does anyone know if there is an ANADEWISM for marking > plurality only in animates? > > -- > > /BP 8^)> > -- > Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch at melroch dot se > > Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant! > (Tacitus) >
Japanese and Chinese only have plural markers for people. So the looser restriction of animates is not unlikely I found a very interesting article on it (Japanese and Chinese plurals) a couple of months ago when I was googling to find out if there are semantic differences between -ra and -tachi when applied to the same pronouns*, but I apparently didn't bookmark it. [*]I think it worked out to formality/politeness distinctions rather than semantics as such: the politer terms take -tachi, the really rude ones only take -ra, and the mid-range ones can fine-tune things by using either. My curiosity was initially piqued by an anime character who used both omaera and omaetachi in different contexts. -- Elyse Grasso The World of Cherani Station Cherani Tradespeech