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USAGE: Name clitics (was Re: USAGE: What gender is _Wikipedia_ in German?)

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Friday, July 28, 2006, 23:13
On Jul 28, 2006, at 7:05 AM, Kalle Bergman wrote:

> Makes me think of my dad's dialect, which has a > special set of clitics used with names of people, when > those names are used to refer to a person by that > name. (So, for instance, you use the clitic when > saying things like "I met Ove yesterday", but not when > saying "His name is Ove", because in the latter case, > "Ove" refers to the name itself, rather than to > someone called "Ove"). The clitics were en-/n- in the > case of men, and a- in the case of women, so you got > things like: > > Jag såg n'Ove > I saw Ove > > And > > Jag såg a'Karin > I saw Karin > > I think it's an interesting feature.
It's very interesting! I have thought about including something like it in a conlang, but so far haven't quite done it. Do you know the origins of those clitics? And does anyone know of other languages that do that? The only nat- or conlang I'm aware of is Toki Pona with <jan> "person."


Kalle Bergman <seppu_kong@...>
Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
taliesin the storyteller <taliesin-conlang@...>