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Re: Number

From:Sylvia Sotomayor <kelen@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 7, 2001, 4:40
On Monday 06 August 2001 11:08, J Matthew Pearson wrote:
> Consider a sentence like "Everybody > went to the village". This is ambiguous: It could mean that > everybody went to the village together (a single event). That's > the collective construal. Or it could mean that different groups > of one or more people went to the village at different times > (multiple events). In the latter case, we say that the events of > going to the village are distributed among the individuals in the > set denoted by "everybody".
The way Kélen handles this is by using two different words for everybody: manáren, which is the generic word for 'everybody' and mannárien, which is the distributive word for 'everybody'. So, one would say: te manáren rá anmári; for "Everybody went to the village." (ambiguous) or te mannárien rá anmári; for "Everybody went to the village." (multiple events) To specify a single event, one would have to add the word anníkána 'all together' as in: te manáren anníkána rá anmári; "Everybody all together went to the village." -Sylvia -- Sylvia Sotomayor wa jamú anániTa; ( thing.SG one/alone.ADJ) The Kélen language can be found at: