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At 04:08 PM 4/21/2002 -0400, you wrote:
>An interesting question has been brought to my attention, and I would like
>to get a broad linguistic perspective on it. Are there natural languages
>which exhibit subject-verb agreement in which it happens that when the
>subject consists of a pronoun and a noun, the pronoun can be elided, making
>an apparent disagreement between the verb and the subject? Such a language
>would demonstrate the following structure:
>
>"John and I go."
>John[NOM] go[1st.pl.]
>John we-go.


   Old Irish does something sort of like this (and so does Old Norse) but
backwards. That is, you get constructions like I-go Thomas, meaning Thomas
and I go. I do plan to incorporate this feature into Taalen.

   Aidan