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Re: THEORY: irregular conlangs

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Friday, October 1, 1999, 23:19
Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> Some natlangs are very regular in fact. Japanese for instance has a > handful of irregular verbs and that's all. Even the Japanese possessive > pronouns are formed regularly taking the personal pronouns and suffixing > them with 'no': "of" like other nouns.
Not surprising, since historically they WERE nouns, used as polite "euphemisms", to avoid having to use the pronoun (much as, IIRC, one still would usually say "Sensei's book" rather than "your book" when talking to one's sensei), and gradually lost their politeness (boku, for instance, originally meant "servant", but now can only be used in informal settings with equals!) -- Oh Lord, grant that we may always be right, for thou knowest we will never change our mind. - Scots Prayer ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor