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On 2012-05-05 22:41, BPJ wrote:

> The OE declension of what became the definite articla can be
> found at <http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/se#Declension_4> It
> seems that the modern article _the_, unlike the conjunction
> _the < þý_, doesn't continue any particular form of the OE
> paradigm, but is the result of all the oblique forms merging
> for lack of stress.

I should add that in Middle English the articla still had a
plural _þo_ < OE _þá_.

The newer the English the less the inflection...

/bpj