name this category

Bob Eaton pete_dembrowski at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 17 15:02:45 UTC 2006


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Thanks for the help with the "name this construction" question I had. Now I have a question about references related to word categories for this phenomena, which Indo-Aryan languages show us that we (or at least, I) "didn't know before".

 

Specificially, I-A languages show us that there something somehow related between these sets of words:

 

      yahaa.n
     wahaa.n
     kahaa.n
     jahaa.n
     
      PRX-LOC
     DST-LOC
     INTR-LOC
     REL-LOC
     

 

      isko
     usko
     kisko
     jisko
     
      PRX-3SG-DAT
     DST-3SG-DAT
     INTR-3SG-DAT
     REL-3SG-DAT
     

 

The former ones I would want to call "Adverbs" since they relate to location.

The latter ones I would want to call "Pronouns" since they relate to things standing for nouns.

 

Deixis works for "PRX" and "DST", but in anyone's mind are "INTR" (interrogative) and/or "REL" (relative) related to Deixis? Or perhaps a supracategory like "exophora"?

 

But it would be nice if we had a single category that captured this similarity.

 

Has anyone done a good treatment of this?

 

Thanks in advance,

Bob
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