Correlatives (was Re(2): Re(2): Re(2): basque article)
|From:||Carlos Eugenio Thompson Pinzsn <chlewey@...>|
|Date:||Friday, August 13, 1999, 3:13|
> >And how could I forget the correlatives?
>What exactly are correlatives? I never really understood the term.
Well. Zamenhof observed that many words followed some patterns, like
interrogative pronouns, relative pronouns, demonstrative pronouns,
demonstrative adjectives, etc.
You can ask for place, time, person or thing:
where? when? who? what? which?
You can answer pointing a near object:
here, now, /she, this, this
You can answer pointing an object:
there, then, s/he, that, that
You can answer including all the objects in each cathegory:
everywhere, everytime, everyone, everything, every
You can answer including none of the objects:
nowhere never nobody nothing, no
There are some patterns, like the wh/th series... so, you are designing an
auxlang, why not making those patterns regular:
where, here, there, everywhere, nowhere
then, hen, then, everywhen, nowhen
who, ho, tho, everywho, nowho
what, hat, that, everywhat, nowhat
whus, hus, thus, everywhus, nowhus (how, this way, etc.)
which, hich, thich, everywhich, nowhich
That's what are called correlatives: a set of words, covering different
parts of speech, following some regular patterns that can be set in a table.
You don't have to make regular correlatives as Esperanto, nor you have to
fill every place in the table.
-- Carlos Th
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