Re: project: Hangkerim
|From:||Carlos Thompson <cthompso@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, December 10, 1998, 15:21|
Nik Taylor wrote:
> Carlos Thompson wrote:
> > For first person:
> > individual-singular: only speaker.
> > individual-paucal: speaker plus people listening if they are not too many.
> > individual-plural: speaker plus many other people, present or not.
> So for first person, paucal and plural (for individual) are an
> inclusive/exclusive distinction?
Not necesarily. Paucal means you can tell appart the individuals because they
are few. Paucal is usually used when individuals are present, but is not
necesarily inclusive. Plural is used when individuals are too many so
individuals are not important or you can't tell them appart. Plural is
sometimes used when many individuals are not present.
People listening is not necesarily second person. I just meaned present people.
Carlos Eugenio Thompson Pinzsn