Re: Sapir-Whorf on its head

Harriet Whitehead (whitehea@WSUAIX.CSC.WSU.EDU)
Wed, 4 Jan 1995 15:45:12 -31802

Let me piggy-back onto this question. I recently read in Howard Gardner's
*Frames of Mind* a passage where he alludes to "even languages with no
personal pronouns..." I didn't realize there were such languages. What
could he mean hear? Just burying 'person' in the verb (e.g. "amo, amas,

On Tue, 3 Jan 1995, James M. Wallace wrote:

> By the way, does anyone know if there are any languages that have no pronouns
> at in their language? There are a number that have them but are rarely used.
> I guess my question really is: Is the presence of pronouns a linguange universal
> ?
> Thanks to anyone who knows the answer.
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