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

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Mon Nov 27 22:28:07 EST 2006


All a pronoun is is a universal identity marker, and is therefore  
meaningful in all the cases I brought up. Notice that the equality  
does not say er=are.
Isaac Fried

On Nov 27, 2006, at 2:56 PM, stoneyb wrote:

> The English 'er' in prisoner=prison+er=prison+are is likewise a  
> personal
> pronoun.
>
> A) 'prisoner' brought its suffix over from French
> B) '-er' has never had anything to do with 'are'. Different stem
> altogether
> 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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