Re: demuan 101: pronouns
|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? Thatis,
>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.
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