[aboriconlangs] Greenlandic: 4th Person?
|From:||Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>|
|Date:||Friday, September 5, 2008, 15:18|
To answer your question:
> Ippasaq tikip-put aqagu-lu ikinnguta-at tiki-ssa-pput.
> yesterday arrive-IND.3p tomorrow-and friends-3p arrive-FUT-IND.3p
> "They arrived yesterday and their friends will arrive tomorrow."
3rd person possessive here refers to the previous clause's subject,
not to the subject of the clause it is in.
> Isir-puq ingil-lu-ni-lu.
> com.in-IND.3s sit.down-CTMP-4s-and
> "She came in and sat down."
4th person subject here refers reflexively (long-distance reflexive)
to the previous clause, coindexing the subjects (note the ellipsis in
> Pilirtuttumik irrui-vuq ini-mi-nul-lu majuar-lu-ni.
> quickly wash.up-IND.3s room-4s.REFL-ALL-and go.up-CTMP-4s
> "He washed up quickly and went up to his room."
4th person subject: long-distance reflexive to previous clause (again:
ellipsis in English),
4th persion possessive: normal reflexive to subject of second clause.
> (1) Why are these fourth person?
Reflexives. Both long-distance (as subject verb ending) and normal