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On Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 6:17 AM, kate rhodes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Apparently it was originally the same word as "then" which seems far
> less strange to me.

I find that interesting. Any idea how they may have split like that?
It's not something regular sound change is capable of.

> At its core it's a simple tool for comparing or contrasting two things
> that, I suspect, has acquired some complex in its usage over time. I
> was wondering if a word for contrasting or comparing two concepts is a
> fairly common thing in natural languages, and what alternate means are
> used to address this need. I'm also curious as to how you've addressed
> it in your conlangs.

Ilion generally uses the oblique case for this. Since VPs can be
nominalized, it's used for subordinate clauses as well as nominal
comparisons.