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Re: Definiteness

From:Paul Bennett <paul.w.bennett@...>
Date:Sunday, March 2, 2008, 19:49
On Sun, 02 Mar 2008 05:51:05 -0500, Mr Veoler <veoler@...> wrote:

> One thing I have had in mind to ask: What about definiteness? > > The definite article, and a generic demonstrative - what's the > difference?
Semantically, very little, if any. I suspect you could replace every demonstrative "that" and every "the" in English both with "bleen" and be just as expressive and concise (once the listener knew what "bleen" meant).
> Generally, my conlang have the unmarked noun to be "indefinite" in the > broader > sense, and might be used for what in English is definite, if the context > is > enough. And then I have two marked articles: one for definiteness, used > when > you want to make it explicitly definite, as a generic demonstrative, and > the > second article for genericness (as in Latejami).
In Terzemian, as IIRC in Spanish, I distinguish three articles: Type 0: Not definite to the speaker Type 1: Definite to the speaker, but the speaker does not know (or care?) whether it's definite to the listener Type 2: Definite to the speaker, and the speaker expects / wants it to be definite to the listener English can express these, but not with absolute concision: Type 0: I'm looking for a house Type 1: I'm looking for a specific house Type 2: I'm looking for the house Paul -- Using Opera's revolutionary e-mail client:


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