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Re: GROUPLANG: Pronouns

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Saturday, October 17, 1998, 2:32
On Thu, 15 Oct 1998 09:06:33 -0300, Pablo Flores
<fflores@...> wrote:

>We haven't said much about pronouns (except, of >course, what applies to them because of being "nouns"). >I think it's time to think about that. Personally I don't >go for a very complicate system, but at least it should >have an inclusive/exclusive distinction for 1st and 2nd >person plural. > >2nd person plural "exclusive" would mean "y'all", the >*listeners* that are present. 2nd person plural "inclusive" >would mean more like "you people", the listeners and others >of their same kind, no matter if they're present or not. >(Well, if "one" is fourth person, this 2p+ would probably >be "second-and-a-half person" :)
That sounds like an interesting idea, and one that I haven't heard of before.
>And of course, the proximate/obviative distinction in the >third person; OR the three-step deixis marker I proposed >in my previous post. > >What do you think? > > >--Pablo Flores
I think I'd prefer the three-step deixis marker.