What is the meaning and grammatical construction of 人って?

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I am trying to understand the grammar behind "[noun]って".

I looked up some examples on space alc web, and 人って seems to mean people, someone, or some person. I have seen other examples of the [noun]って usage, so I guess its common but probably I am missing something.

user3169

Posted 2013-07-10T22:47:01.647

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Most likely the quotation particle って, which can behave a lot like the topic marker in many cases. The specific context would be useful to answer. – Darius Jahandarie – 2013-07-10T23:03:58.070

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って is a colloquial particle and has two main functions.

  1. Being used as a colloquial topic marker (instead of は or とは), e.g.

    人ってすごいよね。
    People are awesome.

  2. Being used as a quotation marker (instead of と or という), e.g.

    変な人って言ってたよ。
    She said you are a little weird.

    人って言葉は何か変だな。
    The word "hito" is kinda weird.

Earthliŋ

Posted 2013-07-10T22:47:01.647

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I had read somewhere that this grew out of といって, and that this literal "talking about" sense is how this construction came to be used in place of the は topic marker, and the と quotation marker. – Eiríkr Útlendi – 2014-06-29T07:52:31.467

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@EiríkrÚtlendi That's what I had thought until someone pointed me to a dictionary. The dictionaries usually say って comes from とて.

– Earthliŋ – 2014-06-29T12:43:53.373