Re: definite/indefinite articles
|From:||Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, April 1, 2003, 6:42|
Quoting Adam Walker <carrajena@...>:
> Carrajena even requires a definite article when a possessive pronoun is
> present -- ul miu Dju = the my God, al tiu mama = the your mother, ils
> nostrus parris = the our parents (or the our fathers).
Steienzh refuses to allow a definite article when a possessive pronoun or noun
is present; the possessive by itself indicates definiteness. To make something
possessed unspecific you have to rephrase with the preposition _ke_.
_Ilene tezz_ "Ilene's brother"
_tezz ke Ilene_ "a brother of Ilene"="one of Ilene's brothers"
_es tezz ke Ilene_ "the brother of Ilene"
The last suggest something like "THE brother of Ilene"; she has several, but
this is the only proper one.
BTW; the fem name _Ilene_ is to be pronounced ['Iln@] - I trust no-one was
fooled by the regularly silent middle "e"? Also, notice will this particular
word has a zero possessive, this is not true of all Steienzh nouns; eg _mess_
"spaceship", _meste_ "spaceship's".