Re: 2nd person inanimate (WAS: Numbers from 1 to 12 in Ayeri)
|From:||Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, June 20, 2004, 6:33|
On Jun 17, 2004, at 9:56 PM, Sally Caves wrote:
Semitic languages, do that, except for those (like some dialects of
Aramaic) in which they've merged phonologically.
ata (M) / at (F) (< ati)
anta (M) / anti (F)
a(n)t / a(n)t
The proto-Semitic form seems to have been /?ant/ with a following vowel
/i/ (for F) or /a/ (for M) of indeterminate length.
"since you've left, a lot has changed here..."
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> I love the idea! But what use would it serve? A compelling human
> is to animate everything. "The tree likes to be watered every other
> In addressing the letter you're writing, you would be treating it as a
> hearing thing. I suppose it would make sense in a language that has
> animate/inanimate gender instead of masculine/feminine gender.
> what natural languages genderize the second person? You feminine
> as opposed to you masculine singular?