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Re: forms of "them" or "it" ?

From:Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 11, 2005, 21:35
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From: Rodlox R <rodlox@...>

> the name for this verbal phenomenon(sp) may be obvious, but I > don't know it.
The name is "coordination". Generally this is done by marking the gender and/or case of each participant on each NP that refers to that participant. The most obvious example is that English has more than one pronoun. A small number of languages have some kind of discourse-based (instead of syntactically-, lexically-, or semantically-based) pronoun systems. I'm away from my notes and books right now, but there's stuff in _Language Universals and Linguistic Typology_ by Comrie, and _Describing Morphosyntax_ by Payne. Paul