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Re: Unconventional pronoun systems-show us yours!

From:Steven Williams <feurieaux@...>
Date:Sunday, August 29, 2004, 14:06
 --- Estel Telcontar <estel_telcontar@...>
> 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
That's about how the Gi-an-nain system started out in my mind. I decided to get rid of the first and second person forms and keep a rather rich set of third person pronouns. However, this seemed boring, and I was struck by a bolt of inspiration while reading about Dyirbal. Dyirbal uses a wacky split case system that is divided along the lines of discourse participant and discourse non-participant; I forget the specific details, but I loved the split. So, I discarded everything but that split between participant and non-participant. Fortunately, Gi-an-nain is just as pro-drop as Japanese, so I need not worry myself much over it. That, and case particles by themselves may be used as pronouns in informal speech, making the split somewhat irrelevant (but there is a strong tendency to use them only for objects that are not a part of the discourse). ===== "Alle Idole müssen sterben." "All idols must die." --Einstürzende Neubauten, "Seele Brennt" (Soul is on Fire) "Where am I? What is this thing called 'the world'? Who is it who has lured me into the thing, and now leaves me here? How did I come into the world? Why was I not consulted?" --Søren Kierkegaard "You need not leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, simply wait, just learn to become quiet, and still, and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice; it will roll in ecstasy at your feet." --Franz Kafka, Journals ___________________________________________________________ Gesendet von Yahoo! Mail - Jetzt mit 100MB Speicher kostenlos - Hier anmelden: