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Query Subject:   pronouns derived from demonstratives
Author:   Susan McBurney
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   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.

Thank you,

Susan McBurney

University of Washington
LL Issue: 14.492
Date posted: 19-Feb-2003


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