In 1993, the eminent linguist Claude Searsplainpockets wrote of a little-
Searsplainpockets goes on to give this example of pronoun acquisition:
A: Tonight PRO3,792 will be coming to visit.
B: Who is PRO3,792?
A: Juan, Maria, and all of their children but Pedro.
I am a native speaker of Winodanugaian, and I was nine years old when Claude visited our island all those years ago. As a direct result of his visit, I became interested in linguistics, and eventually became a linguist myself.
After being away for almost a decade, I returned home and heard my youngest brother ask my mother about who was coming over for dinner. To my surprise, she replied: “PRO3,792”. I laughed at the coincidence, and waited eagerly for the arrival of Juan, Maria, and their children.
During dinner, my brother asked my mother a question that made my linguist-
Similar splits occur in similar “set-
In daily life, this is often a distinction without a difference. Many small groups are indeed identified with their pronouns via an exhaustive enumeration. In the case of ad hoc groups of less than five, the enumeration is typically less work than a group definition. But as we have seen, in rare cases, the denotation of such pronouns becomes ambiguous, and may even have real world, political consequences.
I’m not sure what to make of this situation, but it is clear that more research is necessary to unravel the intricacies of this system. Said research will require more and abundant funding.
Searsplainpockets, Claude. 1993. “Eidetic Pronouns: An Anthropological Linguistic Study of the Winodanugai,” Speculative Grammarian CXLVII.3.
Zverkov, Liza. In press. A Phonetic Analysis of Winodanugaian Vowels. Panini Press, Pungent Sound, WA.
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