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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. *Muke! -- website: LiveJournal: deviantArt: FrathWiki, a conlang and conculture wiki: