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On Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 8:24 AM, David McCann <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On Mon, 19 Nov 2012 11:33:59 -0800
> Garth Wallace <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Indefinite subjects definitely don't seem at all awkward to my native
>> speaker intuition, or even stylistically notable (like headline text,
>> which drops articles and other "small words" whenever possible for
>> brevity).
>
> I think there's a difference between types of indefinites, which isn't
> encoded in English:
> A [indef specific] nice man helped me out.
> *A bus [indef non-specific] ran him over.
> Polynesian languages would use different articles here.

I'm not sure what you mean by non-specific. Do you mean like in gnomic
sentences?