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Why would a language lack a T-V distinction, but with a pronoun system that is the opposite of English?

I agree with most of No Name's answer, but I disagree with "this is a significant departure from human psychology". Look at this map (via linguisticmaps.tumblr.com) showing which languages ...
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How to prevent pronoun dropping in my language?

I'm interpreting the question as how do I make obligatory subject pronouns at the beginning of a sentence diachronically stable under some perhaps-reasonable assumptions. First, the idea you're ...
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Why would a language lack a T-V distinction, but with a pronoun system that is the opposite of English?

You don't really need a reason to not implement a T-V distinction. Just because your native language does, doesn't mean every language does. But if you insist: In German, "du" (the T pronoun)...
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How to handle the "key" *focusing* words in a Conlang, like the, me, we, here, this, etc.?

Are they always treated so specially in languages, or in some languages are they no different than nouns or verbs? That's the main crux of my question. How else can these be dealt with outside of ...
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How to handle the "key" *focusing* words in a Conlang, like the, me, we, here, this, etc.?

Wikipedia is a good place to start, and several languages such as Japanese and Chinese have dedicated pages for their pronoun system. Japanese, as it so happens, has the structure you seek where ...
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What are some key languages which don't have distinctions between me, myself, and I?

There are many languages without case distinctions on their pronouns. Mandarin, Japanese, and Arabic are some especially prominent examples (although Arabic does have special clitic pronouns that can ...
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What parts of speech (nouns, adj., verbs, etc.) could be limited to make a language with fewer words?

This question is probably more suited for the English stackexchange, where it would be promptly closed (or at least that's my gut feeling). However, there is a way to estimate the number: the (English)...
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What parts of speech (nouns, adj., verbs, etc.) could be limited to make a language with fewer words?

The thing about languages is that they can all say the same things. If it can't say something, it hasn't come across the concept yet. And when it has, it will make up or borrow a word to fill the gap. ...
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What are some key languages which don't have distinctions between me, myself, and I?

To add on to Tristan's answer, most Bantu languages also lack case. In Swahili, for example, mimi can mean either "I" or "me", yeye either "he" or "him" (or &...
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