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Re: DRAFT: Numbers from 1 to 12 in Ayeri

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 16, 2004, 18:51

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. 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? Greetings, Jörg.