Re: Fourth Persons
|From:||Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, September 4, 2008, 11:44|
Mark J. Reed writes:
> But the logophoric pronoun idea is new to me. I like it. (Yoink!)
It was new to me, too and I put it on my mental list of things to
experiment with already. :-)
My first conlang Fukhian has five persons: in indirect speech, the
persons shift: 1st becomes 3rd, 2nd becomes 4th, 3rd becomes 5th.
This is similar, but different:
He said he washed his(3rd person) car.
-> reflexive meaning: his own car
He said he washed his(4th person) car.
-> car of person 'he' talks to
He said he washed his(5th person) car.
-> car of yet different person
The inspiration at that time was Swedish, which distinguishes
reflexive from 3rd person in possissives (a different thing, but still
this was the inspiration): _hans_ 'his (reflexive)' vs. _sin_ 'his
(non-reflexive)'. Only after I had invented the five-person system, I
understood that this was a reflexiveness distinction.