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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 same time. ===================================================================== Thomas Wier <trwier@...> <> "...koruphàs hetéras hetére:isi prosápto:n / Dept. of Linguistics mú:tho:n mè: teléein atrapòn mían..." University of Chicago "To join together diverse peaks of thought / 1010 E. 59th Street and not complete one road that has no turn" Chicago, IL 60637 Empedocles, _On Nature_, on speculative thinkers