Re: CHAT: liaison (was: Re: CHAT: Synesthesia and conlanging (wasRe:The ConlangInstinct))
|From:||Grandsire, C.A. <grandsir@...>|
|Date:||Monday, December 13, 1999, 9:14|
Nik Taylor wrote:
> Don Blaheta wrote:
> > The [t] for inversion, though, is present *regardless* of the final
> > consonant of the verb, and is written if the verb ends in vowel (thus
> > mange-t-il, a-t-elle),
> Interesting. Is this from the fact that most 3rd persons end in /t/?
> Perhaps the /t/ became re-analyzed as a general inversion-marker?
I think it comes from the 't' which ended all third person verbs in
Latin. It stayed in liaison and became thus reanalysed as an
inversion-marker. But it's just a guess.
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