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Re: demuan 101: pronouns

From:Fabian <rhialto@...>
Date:Saturday, April 10, 1999, 19:42
>> I king >> thou ling >> he wing (also she) >> we sking >> you sling >> they xwing >> >> it tam >> them stam > >Why do articles change number according to ablaut variations >(i.e., that between i and e) plus <s-> or <x->, but pronouns don't? That
>why not <king> for "I" and <skeng> for "we"?
Because the s/x- prefix is modifying the pronoun itself, whereas the ablaut change found in the possessive articles marks a plural owned noun, not a plural owning noun. Note that the s/x- prefix is found in teh possessive articles, and there, the change is from my->our, just as teh prefix in pronouns marks a change from I->we. See? It is regular after all! Incidentally, the s/x- prefix is a result of the 'xe' pronoun being placed in front of the words, and then the sounds collapsing into eachother. There is a fair number of such examples in Demuan. --- Fabian Rule One: Question the unquestionable, ask the unaskable, eff the ineffable, think the unthinkable, and screw the inscrutable.