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Re: Teinvard (was: hi)

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Monday, October 15, 2001, 22:17
SuomenkieliMaa wrote:
> To a degree, Japanese can be described like this I > think. There are pronouns, but 95% of the time one > can totally avoid using them -- only if you really > want to stress "who?" then you say the pronoun, for > instance.
And even then, some linguists have argued that Japanese has *no* pronouns, that the pronouns are, in fact, simply nouns that are used referentially. I wouldn't go that far, but I would say that Japanese pronouns are a subclass of nouns. And indeed, things like names and titles can be used where Western languages would use pronouns. In English it would sound odd to say, for instance, "Teacher wants you to finish this assignment by tomorrow", or "Will teacher have this on the test?" Also, the pronouns are a relatively open category in Japanese, whereas in most other langs, pronouns are a closed class. -- "No just cause can be advanced by terror" ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42