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Re: Prefix and noun agreement (was: usage of type-7 aspect suffix {-pu})

MorphemeAddict ( [KLI Member] [Hol taghwI']

In a message dated 12/9/2007 9:57:07 PM Central Standard Time, writes:

> This idea of somehow indicating that a group can be identified as  
> including a first or second person by using an explicit group noun  
> (third person, since explicit nouns tend to be third person, unless  
> they are proper nouns naming someone who happens to be first or  
> second person) and then using a verb prefix that disagrees with that  
> third person... That's not merely an unusual idea. It's just, well,  
> wrong.

The whole discussion seems to hinge on whether ordinary nouns, especially 
animate nouns, have person as an inherent category.  I don't think they do, so 
using e.g. {tlhIngan} as the subject of a verb with a prefix indicating a first 
or second person subject makes good sense to me.  
It's also done in Spanish:  Los mejicanos somos... (We Mexicans are ...).

lay'tel SIvten

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