[PW] Stumped my local library ...

Todd Mason foxbrick at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 24 14:11:05 PDT 2016


Japanese and Mandarin both came immediately to mind.
(Sorry if this is redundant, as PW doesn't play nice with my mail account for obscure reasons.)
Todd Masonhttp://socialistjazz.blogspot.com/2016/03/sf-magazines-head-to-head-planet.html


 

    On Thursday, March 24, 2016 4:54 PM, "Peter Zilahy Ingerman, PhD" <pzi at ingerman.org> wrote:
 

 (This is for me personally ... no urgency whatsoever, but perhaps 
someone will know?)

German, Spanish, French (e.g.) all have both definite and indefinite 
articles.

In each of them, the indefinite article is also the word for "one".

English, however, has a word for "one" that is distinct from the 
indefinite article.

Are there any other languages (not necessarily Indo-European) that have 
indefinite articles that are distinct from the word for "one"?

Peter
(a lurker for a long time!)
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