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Re: Bowtudgelean

From:Eldin Raigmore <eldin_raigmore@...>
Date:Monday, April 28, 2008, 20:49
On Sun, 27 Apr 2008 13:06:11 -0400, Carl Banks
<conlang@...> wrote:

>[snip] >1. Bowtudgelean has ten states of definiteness. Most languages only >distinguish between definite and indefinite; mine distinguishes >different types of definiteness and inflects nouns, pronouns, and >adjectives accordingly:
Actually, many natural languages distinguish between specific or referential, and non-specific or non-referential. I'm not sure how many mark both the "specific vs non-referential" and the "definite vs indefinite", and how many mark only "specivic vs non-referential", and how many mark only "definite vs indefinite". I saw an article in one of the Greenberg volumes -- I forget by who -- that had six "statuses" of definiteness/indefiniteness or specific/nonspecific or referential/nonreferential. (I don't remember what they were; but "definite", "indefinite specific", and "nonspecific" were among them.) This set of six may not have been the same as the ones mentioned by others; because they were arranged in a cycle, not in a hierarchy. Can anyone tell us which article I'm thinking of? Or which author(s)? Or which cycle and what it's divisions were? (Thanks for even trying, anybody who does so.)