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Sent: Sunday, March 02, 2003 10:16
Subject: Re: Probability of Article
I was distinct annoyed to
read in _Definiteness_ that "It has often been pointed out that no language
has noun phrases distinctively generic in form." That is, my article #2
seems to violate a linguistic universal that generics are treated as either
definite or indefinite.
It's somewhat disturbing to see this. A
great many of my conlangs have a "generic" category, though usually as a
number opposing singular and plural (and dual, etc.). I didn't know I
wasn't supposed to do that...
Actually, I find this happenning a lot.
Really puts the idea of linguistic universals to shame, doesn't