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Re: Terkunan revision

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Monday, October 8, 2007, 15:01

Philip Newton writes:
> On 10/8/07, Henrik Theiling <theiling@...> wrote: > > The last one was particularly confusing I think. Now that _il_ > > has become _le_, it can obviously not be prefixed anymore because > > _le kan_ is already occupied. So there is now an exception that > > the 3rd persion pronoun cannot be prefixed and the normal > > suffixed possessive with _de_ must be used: > > > > kan de le - his/her dog > > > > Although an exception, is seems very reasonable to me. > > Indeed; it seems to me like a natural result had the two merged > through, say, regular sound change.
And in Portuguese, it is also suffixed 'dele' etc., while the other possessive pronouns are prefixed. So it does look like Romance, I think, while my old _il kan_ really sounds like 'the dog', not 'his dog'. That's why I like my revision much better despite the exception. 3rd persion pronouns are often special or put differently, less pronoun-like but more like regular nouns than the other pronouns (thing Tok Pisin). **Henrik