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LINGUIST List 19.2189

Wed Jul 09 2008

Qs: Personal Pronoun Origins

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        1.    Kirill Babaev, Personal Pronoun Origins

Message 1: Personal Pronoun Origins
Date: 09-Jul-2008
From: Kirill Babaev <babaevyandex.ru>
Subject: Personal Pronoun Origins
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Dear Colleagues,

I am gathering data on the diachronic origins of personal pronouns in
various world languages. There are numerous cases where they are directly
derived from nouns (Indones. saya < sahaya 'servant' etc.) or compositions
(Japan. anata 'that side' > 'you').

I am looking for any other interesting cases like these. If you have
something in mind, I will greatly appreciate your feedback to
babaevyandex.ru. Will definitely refer to you when getting anything
published, and will put the summary of this discussion here.

Thank you all,

Kirill Babaev

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

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