Re: Pronouns or Names?
|From:||Muke Tever <hotblack@...>|
|Date:||Monday, January 3, 2005, 15:31|
Geoff Horswood <geoffhorswood@...> wrote:
>>> * a language with personal names, but no pronouns.
> I have to agree. Pronouns are very difficult to do without completely-
> what if you don't know someone's name? How do you even ask "what's your
> name?" if there's no word for "you"?
You do it with inflections: "what name have.2sg". Indeed, a pro-drop
language with personal inflections for subject and objects could go a long
way without full-on pronoun words.
Additionally you could have a few verbs with pronominal force (e.g., parallel
to stative verbs like |rubere| "be-red" you could have a verb "be-yours")
And there's always using simple nouns (thing, person) or classifiers (long
round thing, servant, senhor) instead of pronouns.
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