Datapoint English / Inclusive/Exclusive Distinction in Verbal Inflection

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2 Responses to “Datapoint English / Inclusive/Exclusive Distinction in Verbal Inflection”

  1. Eli Nelson Says:

    I don’t see why English is marked as ” ‘We’ the same as ‘I’ “. The verb “be” shows a distinction in inflection between “We” and “I” for both the past and the present: “We are” vs. “I am” and “We were” vs. “I was.” Furthermore, English doesn’t even have an inclusive/exclusive distinction, so it seems like it should be put in the category “No inclusive/exclusive.”

  2. Michael cysouw Says:

    The verb “to be” is arguably a last leftover of an earlier structure in which English had different “I” and “we” forms. However, currently this is not productively part of English anymore.

    Further, the categories are defined so that only one can apply, so the current category implies “no inclusive/exclusive” as explained in the text.

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