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Re: [aboriconlangs] Greenlandic: 4th Person?

From:Eldin Raigmore <eldin_raigmore@...>
Date:Saturday, September 6, 2008, 15:55
On Fri, 5 Sep 2008 17:18:32 +0200, Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
>To answer your question:
>eldin_raigmore writes: >> a. >> 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. > >> b. >> Isir-puq ingil-lu-ni-lu. >> 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 >English). > >> c. >> 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 >(as possessive).
Hmm. So the clitic "-lu" is more of a subordinating conjunction than a co-ordinating one. Is Greenlandic one of those languages that don't draw a deep distinction between subordination and co-ordination?


Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>Greenlandic: 4th Person?