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Re: evolving languages

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Friday, January 17, 2003, 0:51
Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> But very often, rather than > an evolution of features, we see a renewal of features (for instance, in Latin > the future of "amare" was "amabo". In Vulgar Latin the synthetic future was > dropped in favour of an periphrastic construction "amare habeo". In Modern > French the periphrastic construction merged into a new synthetic > form "j'aimerai".
Spanish, too. Amare habeo -> amaré. And furthermore, some dialects have lost the synthetic future for the new pariphrastic "voy a amar", altho AFAIK, there's no evidence that that, too, will become a synthetic form anytime soon. -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42


Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>