* Jörg Rhiemeier said on 2005-10-18 16:18:26 +0200 > * taliesin the storyteller wrote: > > * Jörg Rhiemeier said on 2005-10-17 22:22:23 +0200 > > > * taliesin the storyteller wrote: > > > > * Jörg Rhiemeier said on 2005-10-16 16:47:27 +0200 > > > > > I find it a bit odd to classify groups of people as inanimate. > > > > > In Old Albic (my conlang), they are animate. > > > > > > > > Imagine a mob of football (soccer) fans after their team have won or > > > > lost an important match... Force of nature, I say. > > > > > > First, forces of nature are *animate* in Old Albic (as they are in > > > many natlangs with an animate/inanimate distinction). Second, not > > > all groups of people are mobs. > > > > ==paste, paste== > > Ah, but good-foreign sir-foreign, you-foreign foreign-must > > understand-house that a house-house house-is of much greater > > status-misc than a mere group-grouping. nature-wars misc-have been > > fought-misc over less! /snip/ > > ===== > > > > =) Doesn't really carry over to English very well, but at least you were > > politely referred to as a foreigner throughout and not, say, a tool... > > > > The pronouns still need a little work anyway. > > I didn't mean to play the knows-better-guy and point out an "error" > in your language, I'm sorry! Of course, it is *your* language, > feel free to do what seems right to me. I just wanted to say that > classifying groups of humans as inanimate struck me as odd. You misunderstand - *I*'m not offended but these guys are *nuts*, they consider thermonuclear war a fun game for the entire family! Have you read "Asterix in Corsica"? Imagine planet upon planet of Corsican hillbillies all wanting yet another feud... t.