May 21st, 2010

Karavai

Torn Tongue: Pronouns for People

A pronoun is a word that replaces a noun or a noun phrase.  This simplifies long, complicated sentences and sequences of speech that keep referring back to the same things. 

In Torn Tongue, the basic class/case structure of nouns also influences the pronoun grids. These are snugly built and mostly regular. That is, within a certain set they're regular, but there are places where sets divide and follow different rules.  Compared to most natural languages, which often have highly irregular personal pronouns, the Torn Tongue set is easier to learn.  However, some natural and invented languages have a smaller set, so the extra words may pose a challenge.  Looking at the patterns may help you remember what goes where!
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