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Re: Chinese writing systems

From:Douglas Koller, Latin & French <latinfrench@...>
Date:Monday, November 4, 2002, 20:29
John writes:

> > Florian Rivoal wrote:
(referring to "ta")
> > Same pronunciation as what? Or are you saying that "he", "she", and >> "it" are homophones? They're not homophones, they ARE the same word! > >Well, not really. The normal word for "it" is zero; ta1 means he/she. >There are some exceptions now due to translationese.
Yes, with qualifications. For example, direct object fronting with ba/jiang would require a "ta"-it if for nothing more than a space holder in that construction. Zhetai dianshiji yao fangzai nali? Where shall I put this television. Ba ta fangzai neibian. Put it over there. Kou