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At 23:01 7.11.2002 +0100, Christophe Grandsire wrote:

>Indeed, Rhaeto-
>Romance languages and Northern Italian languages have a similar feature, but
>with subject pronouns. In those languages, the subject pronoun became
>mandatory, even when the subject was expressed. These subject pronouns reduced
>gradually into so-called "particles", often a single vowel, which partly agree
>in person and number with the subject.

Could you describe that in some more detail, including examples?  It sounds
cool and I might want to steal that feature for Slevanek...



/ B.Philip Jonsson B^)>
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