False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

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Salmoneus
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Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

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Where does 'ni' come from!?

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Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

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Salmoneus wrote:
29 Apr 2020 22:40
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...

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Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

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:hrv: <Jesu> "be.3P.PLR" :deu: <Jesu> "genitive and dative of Jesus"
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Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

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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.

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