On Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 12:09 PM, Sam Stutter <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > (Without having looked into this at all) Language is both wonderful and > strange, I'm sure somewhere it might occur. > > In English we can accept that someone may be a "giver" or "doer" and others > are "experiencer" or "receiver", that people can be different depending upon > their role in an action, but doesn't it require a Theseus' Ship view of the > world to accept that people can be different depending upon when they do an > action. > > I have the job of doctor. You are injured. I heal you. You have the job of > doctor. I am injured. You heal me. (To a western european ear, this seems > perfectly normal and "job" is marked with case) > > I was who I was yesterday. The boat was the boat yesterday. I saw the boat. > I am who I am today. The boat is the boat today. A different me (to the me > yesterday) sees a different boat (to the boat yesterday). (In terms of > historical western culture, based upon the assumptions that everything was > created *as is* - the stars don't change, evolution doesn't happen - this is > philosophically unusual) > > > I decided it would be a useful system for timetravellers, especially with > the addition of distinction between position along one's personal timeline & > position in objective time. > > > Whoever the speakers are, the environment in which their language developed > would have had such noticeable and rapid changes as to cause them to easily > perceive a universe which evolved and developed, and have a sense of the > fact that who they wake up today as is not identical to the person who fell > asleep yesterday. > > So . . . Earth? -- Second Person, a chapbook of poetry by Patrick Dunn, is now available for pre-order from Finishing Line Press<http://www.finishinglinepress.com/NewReleasesandForthcomingTitles.htm>.