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Animacy of groups of people (was Re: Very culture-specific noun classes...)

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Monday, October 17, 2005, 19:58

taliesin the storyteller wrote:

> * Jörg Rhiemeier said on 2005-10-16 16:47:27 +0200 > > [...] > > > I find it a bit odd to classify groups of people as inanimate. > > In Old Albic (my conlang), they are animate. > > Imagine a mob of football (soccer) fans after their team have won or > lost an important match... Force of nature, I say.
First, forces of nature are *animate* in Old Albic (as they are in many natlangs with an animate/inanimate distinction). Second, not all groups of people are mobs. Surely, states, city councils, business enterprises, guilds etc. are capable of deliberate, volitional action. Greetings, Jörg.


taliesin the storyteller <taliesin-conlang@...>