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Re: Proto-Semitic (was Re: markjjones@HOTMAIL.COM)

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Sunday, March 13, 2005, 10:26
On Mar 13, 2005, at 2:03 AM, Rob Haden wrote:
> On Sat, 12 Mar 2005 22:44:15 +0200, Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...> > wrote: >> 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. > - Rob
Why would that make it older? -Stephen (Steg) "You know, I rather like this God fellow. Very theatrical, you know. Pestilence here, a plague there. Omnipotence ... gotta get me some of that." ~ stewie griffin, _family guy_