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Re: DRAFT: Numbers from 1 to 12 in Ayeri

From:Carsten Becker <post@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 16, 2004, 19:49
On Wed, 16 Jun 2004 21:09:01 +0200, =?iso-8859-1?Q?J=F6rg?= Rhiemeier
<joerg_rhiemeier@...> wrote:

>Hallo! > >On Wed, 16 Jun 2004 18:47:17 +0200, >Carsten Becker <post@...> wrote: > >> Hello! >> >> I haven't yet made up numbers for Ayeri, just thinking about them. >> LISTEN, JANKO GORENC!!! I CANNOT SEND YOU THOSE NUMBERS BECAUSE I HAVE >> NOT MADE THEM UP YET!!!!!! Well, here is the thread on the ZBB where I'm >> discussing them. I know I'm stupid sometimes. My maths are always wrong >> the first time as it seems. >> >> > >I have looked at it, and, the naturalist I am, don't find them >appealing. They look like something a 17th-century (or later) >philosophical language inventor could have come up with, not like >something that could have evolved in a natlang.
I know that. It was just an idea, but I guess I won't use it because of the reasons you mentioned, too. The others on the board (SpaceDracula, Zompist) also said that.
>And looking at your Ayeri grammar (to which I found a link in the >ZBB discussion), I hit upon a somewhat bizarre phenomenon, namely >an animate-inanimate distinction in 2nd person pronouns. One doesn't >often talk to inanimate objects; does one need special pronouns >for this purpose?
No, you don't talk *to* them, but you can talk *about* them ... so I guess it would have been better to have a 3rd person inanimate. Whoops! -- Carsten