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Re: HELP: a few questions

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Thursday, August 15, 2002, 22:38
On Thu, Aug 15, 2002 at 03:26:46PM -0700, JS Bangs wrote:
> H. S. Teoh sikyal: > > > There is one problem with this scheme, though. Right now, there is no way > > to distinguish between direct and indirect discourse, since both would > > require the use of the same grammatical construct using _ti_ and _timi_. > > I'm tentatively turning a blind eye to this issue, but I really have no > > idea how I might resolve it. :-/ > > Why is this a problem? Yivrian has no indirect discourse, but I've never > felt bad about it. Who says every language has to have every construction?
True. Perhaps I should just leave it as it is. :-)
> You can read about my shameless lack of indirect discourse at: >
[snip] Interesting. Reminds me of relay6.5, which I have just completed the Ebisedian entry for, where the lack of indirect discourse made it necessary for me to invent an epicene singular 1st person pronoun. I had never imagined I needed such a thing before, since one would never refer to oneself in the epicene (esp. in Ebisedian culture which is particularly nitpicky about using correct genders---I mean, they inflect all body part names for gender, etc.). Fortunately, because I chose to use the nice proper noun prefixes which have unique forms for all genders and numbers, this didn't become an obstacle---all I had to do was to legitimatize the use of an epicene prefix on the 1st person pronoun. :-) T -- Why can't you just be a nonconformist like everyone else? -- YHL