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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. **Henrik


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