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Re: Old french Was: cases

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 3, 2002, 22:33
En réponse à Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>:

> Christophe Grandsire wrote: > > and grammatically speaking French has > > not changed at all in the last three centuries. > > :-) This from the man who's said many times that French is becoming > agglutinative. :-) >
I have said "polysynthetic". And it's in no way in contradiction with what I'm saying. French, two centuries ago, had already strongly polysynthetic variants (the phrasal stress structure was already in place, schwas were already nearly disappeared in some dialects). What happened since then is no strong language change, just the propagation of features which were already not uncommon. But true innovations and changes are rare. Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.