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,