Re: Proto-Semitic (was Re: markjjones@HOTMAIL.COM)
|From:||Rob Haden <magwich78@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, March 13, 2005, 0:03|
On Sat, 12 Mar 2005 22:44:15 +0200, Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
>But then what if a new definite article develops, from a deictic or a
>pronoun or whatever? Then the old definite article might become
>understood as an indefinite article.
Is there any indication that the Semitic definite article *hal(-) is more
recent? From a syntactic point of view, it would seem to be *older*, since
it precedes nouns.