Re: [tied] The 1ps pronoun *ego:... or is it *eg?

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 17073
Date: 2002-12-09

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From: "Glen Gordon" <glengordon01@...>
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Subject: Re: [tied] The 1ps pronoun *ego:... or is it *eg?

> What on
> earth does *eg come from, by the way? Certainly not from *e-ge, an
> emphatic form of *e "here" since we _still_ have to conclude that
> the word has eroded from *e-ge to *eg.

Well, this is not impossible. The Slavic languages have the emphatic enclitic /z^e/ < *ge (cf. Gk. ge as in <ego:ge> '(as for) me'), which ordinarily loses its /e/ after a vowel and keeps it after a consonant. This has nothing to do with regular ablaut and everything to do with syllable-structure adjustment in phrasal phonology. It's one of those cross-linguistically common things that may happen anywhere at any time.