[OT] Spanish grammar (was Re: [q] Typesetting rules in Spanish)

From: Peter_Constable@sil.org
Date: Sat Sep 07 2002 - 09:40:50 EDT

On 09/06/2002 10:39:36 PM "Doug Ewell" wrote:

(I'm confused: didn't this thread start on the OT list? How did it get

>> ??Yo soy Juan de Aguirre, el marino, el hermano de su madre de usted,

Can one really say, "su madre de usted"? Can you do that with any noun and
any semantic relation expressed by the possessive construction? (su casa
de usted, su pays de usted, etc.)

It's completely different, but I'm reminded of the yes-no question
construction used in at least some parts of Québec whereby (e.g.) Jacques
can knock on the door and say to Yves who answered, "Michelle est-tu là?"

- Peter

Peter Constable

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