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"A" Personal in Spanish (was - Redundant pronouns, Tagalog, etc.)

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 16, 1999, 4:16
On Mon, 15 Feb 1999 22:50:28 -0300 Pablo Flores <fflores@...>
>BTW, why, could it be, is there a difference between animate and >inanimate >objects in Spanish? Does anybody know? The "a" for animate direct >objects >is a bother when there's also a dative object (though word order and >intonation differentiate them). > >--Pablo Flores >
I don't know that much about Arabic, but could the _a personal_ in Spanish be some kind of incomplete influence from Semitic languages? Hebrew has a direct object marker, _et_, so i'd assume Arabic has one too...and i don't see why the Arabic influence on Spanish would be limited to just all those vocabulary words which begin with "al" :) -Stephen (Steg) ___________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]