[b-hebrew] comparative historical linguistics was Re:Nun-Tav-Vetroot

stoneyb stoneyb at touchwood.net
Mon Nov 27 14:56:06 EST 2006

The English 'er' in prisoner=prison+er=prison+are is likewise a personal

A) 'prisoner' brought its suffix over from French
B) '-er' has never had anything to do with 'are'. Different stem
C) characterizing an agentive affix as a 'pronoun' does makes a kind of
metaphoric sense, but at the price of making the term 'pronoun'
virtually meaningless.

Stoney Breyer
Writer/Touchwood, Inc.

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