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 languagesthat 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@...>
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