NitroFieja (nitrofieja) wrote in linguaphiles,
NitroFieja
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"We"

Hi fellow Linguaphiles,


do you know any languages that distinguish between various sorts of the first person in plural i.e. we ?  I can think about several different ones but I never heard of a language whose grammar would distinguish between them:

1) WE = ME + YOU i.e. the person(s) I am talking to

2a) WE = ME + the persons on whose behalf I am speaking and who are present

2b) WE = ME + the persons on whose behalf I am speaking and who are absent

3) WE = ME + YOU + THEM

In languages that offer a variety of pronouns that are related to levels of formality/politeness some of the above distinction could be delivered between lines - but are there languages that can do the same by simply using separate personal pronouns?

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