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Reflexive (was: Yiddish Reflexive, etcetera)

From:Irina Rempt <ira@...>
Date:Saturday, September 23, 2000, 19:27
On Wed, 13 Sep 2000, Steg Belsky wrote:

> What i learned is that _zix_ is *the* reflexive pronoun in Yiddish, used > for all persons: > > ix lern zix > du lernst zix > er / zi / es lernt zix > mir lernen zix > ir lernt zix > zei lernen zix
Valdyan, too, has only the one reflexive pronoun _le_; in fact it's a pronoun meaning "this object is the same as the subject of the main clause", so it's reflexive if it's also the object of the main clause, otherwise resumptive. Examples: cyla - to wash (someone) le cyla - to wash (oneself) Rava le cylat - Rava washes herself Rava nutea cylat - Rava washes the child nute lea Rava le cylat - the child that Rava washes (_lea_ is the relative pronoun for animates) but: nute lea le cylat - the child who washes him/herself (the subject of _cylat_ can only be _lea_, which refers back to _nute_) Irina -- Varsinen an laynynay, saraz no arlet rastynay. (myself)