Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker
andrewducker

Years and years ago, Kirsty and I had a discussion about the fact that what English really needed was a way to differentiate between inclusive and exclusive "we". That is, if you say "We are going to the shops", you could mean either "Me and Bob are going to the shops, without you." or "Grab your coat, all of us are going to the shops."

In conversation today, Flamebyrd told me:

Indonesian does. Kami is exclusive, and kita is inclusive.

And since Indonesian does, there's a pretty good chance that Malay also does, and probably some other SE Asian languages.


Which just goes to show that all things come to all who wait. Now, I just have to persuade everyone else to join in on this,
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