It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
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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 approach).
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.
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