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In discussing "I saw a man in the house," Rob Haden wrote:
> A language that required PPs to modify the verb or noun directly
> before/after it would be far less ambiguous, no?

Yes, but that wouldn't make this particular problem go away.  Here's why:

"I" is a pronoun, not a noun, and, unlike nouns, pronouns cannot be
modified (in English or in any other language that I know of).  So,
though it's fine to say "The person in the house saw a man," listeners
will cringe if they hear "I in the house saw a man."