[Lingtyp] uses of first plural exclusive pronouns

Kilu von Prince watasenia at gmail.com
Tue Jun 23 12:25:53 UTC 2015


Dear Zach, and dear colleagues,

I'm not aware of the exact phenomenon you're looking for, but I'd like to
piggyback on your question, because I have an observation that I find much
weirder and have so far not been able to make any sense of:

In Dalkalaen (Oceanic, spoken in Vanuatu), the first person exclusive
pronouns for paucal and plural number are being collapsed with the
corresponding second person pronouns. Are there other languages with this
property? Does anyone have a theory as to why this might happen?

Regards,
Kilu

On Fri, May 29, 2015 at 1:34 PM, Zachary O'Hagan <zohagan at berkeley.edu>
wrote:

> Dear colleagues,
>
> It is known that first plural inclusive pronouns can be used for polite
> first- or second-person reference in some languages.  I am searching for
> instances in any language in which a first plural *exclusive* pronoun can
> be used for polite *third*-person reference, or for instances in which a
> third-person pronoun can be shown to originate historically in a first
> plural exclusive pronoun.  Possible references are much appreciated.
>
> Regards,
>
> -Zach O'Hagan
>
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> Zachary O'Hagan
> Graduate Student
> Department of Linguistics
> University of California, Berkeley
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