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regular pronouns

From:Remi Villatel <maxilys@...>
Date:Friday, March 31, 2006, 20:50
Yahya Abdal-Aziz wrote:

 >> kokē'skaj ! [kokE:'skaj] = Let nobody begin!
 >> kokē'jaa ! [kokE:'ja"a] = Let something begin!
 >> (Nobody, nothing, somebody and something are regular pronouns in
 >> Shaquelingua, amongst other oddities.)
 > Neat!  And what about "everybody" and "everything"?

Maybe I'll think about it later. I just need to regularize the way some
quantifiers (articles) can be turned into pronouns. (Thank you for the

Right now, I'd translate "everybody" by one of the 2PL pronouns and
"everything" by the irrational 3PL pronoun. (The Irrational applies to
anything that isn't a person.) Because the shaquean society has
devices/machines that understand speech, an irrational 2PL is also possible.

kokē'raitā ! (rational) = People, let all of you begin!

kokē'bēdaçi ! (irrational) = Let all the things begin!
kokē'bēratā ! (irrational) = Machines, let all of you begin!

There are some more subtleties depending on whether "every" means "all
of the" or "each of the" people/things, but that's too subtle for a
first lesson.   ;-)

ji kaçtōlu soe, [ji: ka.CtO4u so"e] (= one soon until)

Remi Villatel