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Re: describing names

From:Christopher Wright <faceloran@...>
Date:Sunday, August 4, 2002, 20:01
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>The first sentence tells me her name, while the second >only describes it. But the only difference is the last >word. There is no way to be sure that she isn't called >Beautiful, except that is an unusual name. How do >other languages solve this problem?
Some random ideas not necessarily based on reality: 1. Word order shift ("Her name is Mary" vs "Her name beautiful is") 2. Cases 3. Special copulae 4. Lack of copula in one of the sentences 5. Adjective marking so that a name "beautiful" would be a different word than the adjective "beautiful" These only apply to languages that have a copula and use it for names as it would normally be used. Several people have pointed out that not all languages do so. As for myself, I don't like separated copulae or adjective marking. Laimes, Wright.