[PW] Stumped my local library ...

Marian Drabkin mmdrabkin at att.net
Thu Mar 24 15:59:47 PDT 2016


Actually, in Yiddish, "eyns" is the numeral "one",  "men" (that e should be a schwa) is the "one" in sentences like "one rarely sees that", and "a" (pronounced "ah") is the indefinite article.  Three ones here.

Marian Drabkin

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> On Mar 24, 2016, at 2:34 PM, Laura.Henry at wakegov.com wrote:
> 
> According to a friend who speaks several languages: 
> 
> 'In Yiddish, "one" is "eyns" but "a" is "a" as in English.'
> 
> -------------------------------------------- 
> Cat Henry 
> Digital Librarian 
> Wake County Public Libraries
> laura.henry at wakegov.com 
> 
> 
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> From:   "Peter Zilahy Ingerman, PhD" <pzi at ingerman.org>
> To:     "list at project-wombat.org" <list at project-wombat.org>
> Date:   03/24/2016 04:54 PM
> Subject:        [PW] Stumped my local library ...
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> 
> (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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