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Unconventional pronoun systems-show us yours!

From:Estel Telcontar <estel_telcontar@...>
Date:Sunday, August 29, 2004, 6:39
Steven Williams ha tera a:

> Anyone have an unconventional pronoun system to share, > or criticism of my own system?
Well, one of the languages I dream about but never actually work out the details of has a pretty odd pronoun system. It's spoken by one man in a mental institution, and was probably invented by him, which explains a good deal of its oddness (which extends to far more than just its pronoun system). It has no second-person pronouns - no second-person forms at all, whether pronouns, or inflections, or anything else. The man generally doesn't address others, but just speaks to himself It has third person pronouns, which have some sort of gender system, but it's based on uncharacteristic properties - something like size, or motion, or something like that, not masculine/feminine or animate/inanimate. It has no 1st-person plural pronoun. It seems to have a 1st-person singular pronoun, but there are some factors that suggest that it may not actually be a first person pronoun, but may instead be a specific gender of 3rd-person pronoun that the single speaker only uses in referring to himself. I forget what exactly were the properties that pointed toward it being 1st person or 3rd person :( -Estel ______________________________________________________________________ Post your free ad now!


Steven Williams <feurieaux@...>