Re: Spanish demonstratives (was: RE: yet another romance conlang)
|Date:||Friday, January 7, 2000, 2:38|
Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...> wrote:
> > E'ste es mi padre. 'This(masc.) is my father.'
> > Este hombre es mi padre. 'This man is my father.'
> Well, I doubt there's any possibility of confusion. If it precedes a
> noun, it's the adjective form, while if it precedes something else, it's
> a noun. So, it's an interesting orthographic, but ultimately
> non-essential, distinction. Like como/co'mo and the like.
Yes. Prescriptivism is like that. :) Some time ago, we were
still expected to write an acute over the conjunction _o_
when it was between numbers, to avoid 'confusion' with zero.
Still worse, they could only be confused, at most, if everything
was in block capitals -- but we had to do it in cursive writing
> > Esto es una casa. 'This is a house.'
> Interesting that the accent isn't used there by analogy with
> e'ste/e'sta. Is it often "miswritten" as "e'sto"?
Prescriptivists don't know what analogy is (or they do, and
hate it). And no, actually the reverse mistake is frequent:
people never remember to write the acutes where needed
(I think that's the second most common mistake -- the first
is exchanging <b> and <v>).