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pronouns derived from demonstratives
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IN A NUMBER OF LANGUAGES, THIRD PERSON PRONOUNS ARE HISTORICALLY DERIVED FROM DEMONSTRATIVE PRONOUNS. A COMMONLY CITED EXAMPLE IS THE FRENCH THIRD PERSON PRONOUNS IL / ELLE, WHICH DEVELOPED FROM THE DEMONSTRATIVE ILLE IN VULGAR LATIN (HARRIS, M. 1978. THE EVOLUTION OF FRENCH SYNTAX: A COMPARATIVE AAPPROACH).
MY QUESTION IS THIS: ARE THERE LANGUAGES WHERE FIRST AND SECOND PERSON PRONOUNS ARE DERIVED FROM DEMONSTRATIVES?
I WILL POST A SUMMARY IF THERE IS ANY RESPONSE TO THIS QUERY.
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON