Datapoint Japanese / Third Person Pronouns and Demonstratives

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  1. Akihito Takigawa Says:

    I don’t agree with the value “Unrelated.”
    I read Hinds (1986:109) and thought that the content was generally correct although there are another words that may make the conclusion doubtful. For example, 彼の (かの, kano). It often precedes 有名な (ゆうめいな, yūmei-na) or 高名な (こうめいな, kōmei-na), both of which mean “renowned”.

    kano yūmei-na Tanaka Kakuei mo
    that renowned Kakuei Tanaka also

    かの is probably related to 彼 (かれ, kare, “he”), a kind of masculine third-person singular pronoun.

    Furthermore, the deictic forms have their anaphoric pronoun counterparts in respect:
    この (kono, “this”), その (sono, “the”), あの (ano, “that”) vs. こいつ (koitsu, “this guy”), そいつ (soitsu, “the guy”), あいつ (aitsu, “that guy”)

    Taking everything into consideration, it may be more precise to give a value “Partially related to demonstratives” to Japanese. Or are they only ignorable things?

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