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Romance articles (WAS: Just a Little Taste of Judean (Part2))

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Monday, April 12, 1999, 20:27
FFlores wrote:
> Latin didn't have third person pronouns. Spanish _e'l, ella, ello_ > ("he, she, it") come from those Latin demonstratives, and I think > the articles _el, la, lo_ come from them too (they evolved differently > because the personal pronouns were stressed, while the articles were > not).
el/la/los/las comes from the ACCUSATIVE forms, which is also where the object pronouns come from (which is why, except for masculine singular, the object pronouns are identical to the articles _la veo_, _veo la plaza_). E'l, ella, ellos, ellas come from the NOMINATIVE forms. -- "It's bad manners to talk about ropes in the house of a man whose father was hanged." - Irish proverb ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-name: NikTailor