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Conjugated prepositions (was: Off-topic survey questions)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Monday, January 6, 2003, 5:22
Sally Caves scripsit:

> Celtic languages have conjugated prepositions, not unknown among other > languages. This requires a special "conjugation" of the preposition, which > is a fusion of preposition and a pronoun.
Indeed. Spanish has two conjugated prepositions, _conmigo_ and _contigo_, which descend from Vulgar Latin forms CUM MECU(M), CUM TECU(M). In Classical Latin it was MECUM, TECUM. (_Conmigo_ has that form by analogy, or perhaps learned reconstruction: straight sound change would have given _comigo_, as in Portuguese.) But in the Celtic languages conjugated prepositions are pervasive, not special exceptions. -- My corporate data's a mess! John Cowan It's all semi-structured, no less. But I'll be carefree Using XSLT In an XML DBMS.