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Re: Arveuneic Part Three

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Monday, December 18, 2000, 10:33
En réponse à Dan Jones <feuchard@...>:

> > Oooh, interesting! >
Indeed. Em /a~/ and im /E~/ both originate from Latin IN, but they separated and shifted both in a different direction.
> > > > Again, all this really reminds me of a certain Romance language :) . > > The French use of the relfex of Latin ecce has always been something I > love! >
> > > > Well, "Roumant" goes very much further than this, as it has contracted > forms for > > both prepositions + articles and prepositions + pronouns (called > "conjugated > > prepositions) for the prepositions â, de, em, im, com and pêre. It > makes > lots of > > contracted forms :) . > > I stuck with the three that French contracts. >
Well, in fact Modern French contracts only à and de with the definite articles. The contracted forms with en have completely disappeared, except ès which is used only in a very few expressions like "doctor ès sciences": titular of a doctorate in science (ès: en + les, so it must normally be followed by a plural noun. But the connection between ès and en les is not felt anymore, so you can see: "spécialiste ès politique" without plural, showing that ès is really felt like a preposition, with little use and no connection with en anymore). In fact, I didn't even know that ès = en + les before I read my booklet about Old French (In Old and Middle French, en was still extensively contracted with the articles).
> > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ > E souvein-te della veritát que se ja dissó, > And remember the truth that once was spoken, > > Amer un autre es veder le visaic de Deu. > To love anonther person is to see the face of god. > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >
By the way, yesterday night I saw on TV a concert version of "Les Misérables" (it was recorded in 1995 for the 10th aniversary of the musical). It is the most beautiful musical I ever heard!!! Now I'm a fan! Christophe.