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Re: Articles

ghunchu'wI' (qunchuy@alcaco.net)



On Sep 26, 2009, at 12:03 AM, Doq wrote:

> English has definite (the) and indefinite (a, an) articles. Many
> languages don't. Of the polyglots out there that speak other languages
> that lack articles, is there any common way to differentiate between
> "I see an enemy," and "I see the enemy" besides the ubiquitous
> linguistic band-aid of "context"?

In languages which do not distinguish between "an enemy" and "the  
enemy", the question does not arise. :)

Definite articles presuppose the existence of what is being  
mentioned.  In Klingon, one might do that using a type 4 noun  
suffix.  I see indefinite articles emphasizing the idea of  
categorization rather than identification.  I don't know a simple way  
to do that in Klingon.

-- ghunchu'wI'






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