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Personal pronoun idea

From:John Vertical <johnvertical@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 21:05
Has anyone tried switching 1st vs. 2nd person for a system of discussion
initiator vs. non-initiator? It seems to work in most cases; but a third
person in the discussion would require some sort of a way to distinguish
between 1P and 2P non-initiators. The simplest solution would be to add a
third-tier pronoun, but since a discussion is generalizable to n persons,
it's not much of a solution really. A few others I can think of would be
addressees using a proximal pronoun ("this") for themselves when there's
more than 1-2 of them, or retaining normal person congruence despite the
weird pronouns themselves.

This idea also seems to naturally imply no number distinction in the
"non-initiator" person, altho that has little bearing with the rest.

John Vertical

Nyt löydät etsimäsi tiedot nopeasti niin koneeltasi kuin netistä.


Lars Finsen <lars.finsen@...>