From: Miguel Carrasquer
>"I" was never conjugated, it's a pronoun.
>>PIE *é-g^, from deictic *e- + emphatic *-g^ (*-g^h in Indo-Iranian).
>For many obvious reasons, "I" is to be reconstructed as *égo:.
>One of those obvious reasons, besides being fully attested as such,
>is that it quite assuredly meant "I am here". The most important
>element is the 1sg ending because without it we only have the
>meaning "here", and then we can't explain why it eventually was
>conjugated like a thematic verb.
>The obvious solution is that *eg-Excuse me? What do you think "here" means if not "close to me"? In
>WAS a verb meaning "to be here" and we have the support of a
>parallel in Inuktitut, /uva-nga/ "I am here". Semantically
>equating "here" with "I" is hardly as likely
>Further, the emphatic particle (not an ending, a particle!) isWe have different Ablaut grades *g^e, *g^o, *g^ (*g^he, *g^ho, *g^h).
>vowel-final as attested in languages such as Greek and Sanskrit,
>so this emphatic **-g^ of yours, together with **eg^ is a shameful
>>PIE *méne dissimilated from *méme (except in Sanskrit).Which is why there is no assimilation or dissimilation in 2sg. gen.
>There was no disimilation, which is not even possible for
>your **tuma anyway!
>The *-n- is found in Tyrrhenian (Etruscan /mi/Etruscan mini, mine, mene (acc. of mi "I") presumably has the same
>versus /mini/) and even in Uralic (Finnish /minä/ and /minun/).
>It was used in singular pronominal paradigms for cases other than
>(Mid IE nom *meu, acc *ménem, gen *menése)How do you get the actual Acc. *mé and Gen *méne from such forms as
>>PIE *wey (*mWey) and *mesW (*m(W)esW) from oblique *mu-át(i)Yes, as I said (except the acc. form is actually *n.smé, derived from
>> > *mWéy and nominative *mu-át(u) > *mWésW, respectively.
>Uh, not even close. Actually, *ns "us" is derived from Mid IE
>*mes, which is merely the 1ps + plural ending.
>The variant *nosBasically, as I said (except of course I would avoid the use of the
>is a strengthened form of *ns which obtained *n in the first
>place via assimilation of earlier zero-grade *ms.
>The nominativePlease explain what possible connection there could be between *-h2a
>form however is ancient and reconstructable in Mid IE as *wei.
>It has nothing, in fact, to do with MIE *meu "I" and more to
>do with the 1ps perfect ending, if anything.