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Re: Inclusive or exclusive?

From:Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>
Date:Thursday, March 22, 2007, 9:20
Dirk Elzinga wrote:

> I discuss Potawatomi pronouns and verbal inflection in my > undergraduate morphology class. The pronouns are: nin '1sg', kin > '2sg', win '3sg'; kinan '1pl.incl', ninan '2pl.excl' kinwa '2pl', > winwa '3pl'. Pronouns seem to be built on the stem -in. In the plural, > the suffixes -an '1pl' and -wa 'non-1pl' are added to the pronominal > stem. The prefixes are n- '1', k- '2', and w- '3'. To make a first > person plural inclusive, you use k- '2' together with -an '1pl'. For > first person exclusive, you use n- '1' together with -an '1pl'. I find > it to be an elegant system, and i just may use it sometime. > > So there's another Native American system for Yitzik to ponder :-).
Great. That's really helpful. Especially since I had looked first at the Algonkian languages that have the same n-/k-/w- person markers before I got you message! Ideas are hanging in the air, as ppl used to say here... -- Isaac (aka Yitzik)