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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.

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Needs more context. Do you have an example sentence? –  istrasci Jul 10 '13 at 22:58
    
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 Jul 10 '13 at 23:03
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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.

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