From: "Matt Trinsic" <[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2004 12:45 AM
Subject: Re: 2nd person inanimate (WAS: Numbers from 1 to 12 in Ayeri)
>> From: Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@W <mailto:joerg_rhiemeier@W>...>
>> Date: Wed Jun 16, 2004 12:09 pm
>> Subject: Re: DRAFT: Numbers from 1 to 12 in Ayeri
>> And looking at your Ayeri grammar (to which I found a link in the
>> ZBB discussion), I hit upon a somewhat bizarre phenomenon, namely
>> an animate-inanimate distinction in 2nd person pronouns. One doesn't
>> often talk to inanimate objects; does one need special pronouns
>> for this purpose?
>But wouldn't it be interesting to invent a language in which a 2nd
>person inanimate is useful? Maybe a language where it is used when you
>are writing a letter? Viewing it as yourself talking to the paper, and
>the paper later talking to the intended recipient. I am sure there must
>be other interesting ways of making 2nd person inanimate useful as
>Or maybe I am just a sucker for bizarre languages ;)
What a luck I encapsulated the second person inamimate pronouns in
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evening, after having seen this. Btw, please excuse my bad English in
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