Re: THEORY: English as a creole [was Re: Rant on partial understandings]
|From:||Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, December 22, 2001, 18:09|
Quoting David Peterson <DigitalScream@...>:
> It compared English to Swedish, which had no language imposed
> on it the way French was upon English, and you get I call, you call, he
> calls, etc., vs. jag kallar, du kallar, han kallar...
Ah, but you can't really use the current pronominal system of
English as evidence, since that is a result of later centuries'
developments. 'you' did not oust 'thou' until the 17th century,
and third person singular -s did not come about until about the
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