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Query Details


Query Subject:   pronouns derived from demonstratives
Author:   Susan McBurney
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   IN A NUMBER OF LANGUAGES, THIRD PERSON PRONOUNS ARE HISTORICALLY DERIVED FROM DEMONSTRATIVE PRONOUNS. A COMMONLY CITED EXAMPLE IS THE FRENCH THIRD PERSON PRONOUNS IL / ELLE, WHICH DEVELOPED FROM THE DEMONSTRATIVE ILLE IN VULGAR LATIN (HARRIS, M. 1978. THE EVOLUTION OF FRENCH SYNTAX: A COMPARATIVE AAPPROACH).

MY QUESTION IS THIS: ARE THERE LANGUAGES WHERE FIRST AND SECOND PERSON PRONOUNS ARE DERIVED FROM DEMONSTRATIVES?

I WILL POST A SUMMARY IF THERE IS ANY RESPONSE TO THIS QUERY.

THANK YOU,

SUSAN MCBURNEY

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
MCBURNEY@U.WASHINGTON.EDU
LL Issue: 14.492
Date posted: 19-Feb-2003



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