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?