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Where does 'ni' come from!?
It comes from -en I, where the consonant of the verb ending has been reanalyzed onto the pronoun. I comes from older īʀ. The verbal ending is from Old Swedish -in and of unclear origin (West Norse has expected -ið), but possible related to the 3p subjunctive.
On a related note, Esperanto has ni, vi for the exact opposite pronouns...
<Jesu> "be.3P.PLR" <Jesu> "genitive and dative of Jesus"
Many children make up, or begin to make up, imaginary languages. I have been at it since I could write.
Portuguese(/Iberian and Neapolitan) o 'DEF.ART.MASC' and Romanian o 'INDF.ART.FEM' have been causing me some annoyance recently... I see a sequence like Rom. o casă 'a house' and I immediately want to parse it as definite. By extension I guess Portuguese a 'DEF.ART.FEM' also adds to this, because it reinforces the connection between definiteness and a single vowel placed before the word.