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Correlatives (was Re(2): Re(2): Re(2): basque article)

From:Carlos Eugenio Thompson Pinzsn <chlewey@...>
Date:Friday, August 13, 1999, 3:13
I wrote:
> >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 Etc. 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 etc. 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 (whose primary email server is in Y2K OS upgrade for maximun 15 days) :( ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at