Cat (via email) submitted:
And the point of pronouns is that they let you keep talking about stuff without repeating names or descriptions every single time, because that gets tedious.
Gretchen: Hey Nicole, does Nicole think that Benadryl Cucumber has seen that article Gretchen wrote about Bandersnatch Cumberbund?
Nicole: Nicole doubts that this happy but also terrifying event is likely to have occurred.
Gretchen: Hey, do you think Bandicoot Cragglerock has seen that article I wrote about him?
Nicole: I doubt it.
See? Much shorter.
"Why is it acceptable to say the many other small inconspicuous carved jade idols but not *the carved other inconspicuous many jade small idols?”
From Big brown dog or brown big dog? An electrophysiological study of semantic constraints on prenominal adjective order. D. Kemmerer et al. Brain and Language 100 (2007) 238–256.
So one of my Linguistics courses is a typology survey class that discusses how certain features, like passives, are employed in various languages. Because of the volume of example sentences we get, some of them are bound to be silly. Here’s one of my favorites from Kayardild:
ngada ra-yii-ju mun-da balarr-ina maku-na
‘I will be injected in the buttocks by the white woman.’
(Potential source: Kayardild Morphology and Syntax by Erich R. Round)
if anyone can verify the source, as always, much appreciated.
(2285) E maumahara ana au ki te puta.nga ohorere.tanga mai o taua tangata i te kuuaha.
"I remember that man appearing suddenly in the doorway."
(2286) Ko te tikanga teenei o tana hakirara.tanga i a ia.
"This is the manner of his insulting her."
(2287) Te oho.nga ake o Maaui i te awatea kua ngaro kee toona whaea.
"When Maui woke up at daybreak, his mother had gone."