Re: verb-subject agreement
|From:||daniel andreasson <danielandreasson@...>|
|Date:||Monday, April 22, 2002, 14:28|
> > "John and I go."
> > John[NOM] go[1st.pl.]
> > John we-go.
> Old Irish does something sort of like this (and so does
> Old Norse)
Yup. Constructions like these are quite common in Old Norse.
"En er their Erlendr váru miok komnir at landi [...]"
en er their Erlendr váru miok komnir at landi
and when DEM:3PL Erlend:NOM 3PL:PAST almost come to land
'And when Erlend & co. were almost ashore...'
_Their_ (or rather _þeir_) is a 3PL demonstrative pronoun
and the verb _váru_ is in the 3PL form. So the construction
_their Erlendr_ 'them Erlend' basically means 'Erlend and
I seem to recall constructions where either _their_ (or was
it the name?) came last in the sentence. So you'd get
sentences like _En er Erlendr váru miok komnir at landi their_
or _En er their váru miok komnir at landi Erlendr_.
Though I can't find any examples of that right now.
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