Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Detail #393: Differential Alignment

This kinda gets on the border of what makes sense, but hear me out:

Let's consider a split-S language, where e.g. 1st and 2nd person singular and plural are the triggers for one alignment. However, 1st person singular exclusive is excluded from this, and thus alignment communicates clusivity.

1 comment:

  1. I could actually see this working the other way around - inclusive being the one to avoid SAP alignment. A 1st inclusive could very easily develop from a 3d person phrase ("the group", "the gang", "the committee", etc), and hence bypass normal SAP syntax.

    Actually, I might just do that...

    EDIT: took five failed attempts before I could pass that captcha...