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Phaleran Update: Relative clauses,Proximative and Obviative pronouns

From:Thomas R. Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Sunday, August 12, 2001, 6:43
"Thomas R. Wier" wrote:

> Prox Obv > Sg Pl Sg Pl > S eo eona ellei ellai > A eollu eondru erlu ulnallu > O eoi eoni ellei ellai > > (1) the split ergativity of the third person stops with the proximative > third person pronouns; obviative pronouns pattern like regular nouns > in this respect. > (2) /n/ in some dialects shifts to /l/, which is how you get _ellai_ > from *eo-hlei-na-i, where /eo/ also shifts to e / _ll
I should mention here that the S forms derive from the O forms in the obviative. The accusative suffix -i is still there; it's just broadened its use and in the obviatives acts more like an absolutive marker. =================================== Thomas Wier | AIM: trwier "Aspidi men Saiôn tis agalletai, hên para thamnôi entos amômêton kallipon ouk ethelôn; autos d' exephugon thanatou telos: aspis ekeinê erretô; exautês ktêsomai ou kakiô" - Arkhilokhos