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Re: Redundant pronouns (was: "Tagalog,it's got a Trigger System," She Said)

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Saturday, February 20, 1999, 5:26
Pablo Flores wrote:
> BTW, why, could it be, is there a difference between animate and inanimate > objects in Spanish?
It's fairly common, cross-linguistically, for animate nouns to be marked for more catagories than inanimates. Compare English he/him, she/her, it, or who/whom vs. what. Also, consider that in (AFAIK) every IE language with a neuter gender, the neuter makes no distinction between nominative and accusative (cf. Latin puer/puerum vs. bellum). One of the main reasons is probably because inanimate nouns are rarely the subject of a transitive verb, so there's little need to specially mark the accusative. -- "It's bad manners to talk about ropes in the house of a man whose father was hanged." - Irish proverb ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-name: NikTailor