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Re: Ong Rokbeigalmki (A Rokbeigalmki Chant)

From:Thomas R. Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Thursday, September 30, 1999, 18:08
Don Blaheta wrote:

> > Definitely they will become simple prefixes. What you consider as > > stilted is nearly the rule in Colloquial French nowadays. I even think > > that we are in front of a seperation of Spoken French into two language > > registers: a formal one, using the "short forms" ("je pense...", "Marie > > a dit"), and a familiar one using the subject pronouns as clitics ("moi, > > je pense..." -pronounced /mwa Sp'a~s/-, "Marie, elle a dit..." -I must > > say that I find this form still awkward with compound tenses. But I'm > > rather conservative as for French despite my young age :) -). > > I wonder in what way (if at all) this development is related to the loss > of "ne" in spoken French; could it be that as the pronouns made their > way into conjugations on the verb, the human brain resisted having a > third paradigm axis for negation?
>From the human brain? I doubt it. There are plenty of languages
that make negation an integral part of the verb morphology. The language I'm studying right now, Atkan Aleut, has a whole series of paradigms for negation on the verb itself. I believe Japanese has similar inflections. ======================================================= Tom Wier <artabanos@...> ICQ#: 4315704 AIM: Deuterotom Website: <> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." Denn wo Begriffe fehlen, Da stellt ein Wort zur rechten Zeit sich ein. -- Mephistopheles, in Goethe's _Faust_ ========================================================