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OT: Origin of Catalan reinforced weak pronouns

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Sunday, July 6, 2008, 21:30
Does anyone know where the Catalan reinforced weak pronouns come
from? Many of them appear to be the reverse of the corresponding
plain form weak pronouns, e.g. plain forms me/te/se : reinforced
forms em/et/es. Did these come about via metathesis, or by some other
route (e.g. by prefixation of e- followed by deletion of final -e)?

Also tangentially related is something I've wondered about for a
while: do linguists make a distinction between the *process* of
metathesis and *end results* which appear to show metathesis (whether
in fact those results came about through said process)?


ROGER MILLS <rfmilly@...>