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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:19 am 
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So an idea I’m considering using in one of my remade conlangs is having two full sets of pronouns: A familiar set that are native to the language, and a polite set that are borrowed. Does this make sense as something that could happen? I know that while pronoun borrowing is rare, it is attested, e.g. English they.

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I'm pretty sure Indonesian did this at least with singular pronouns.


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It happened in Basque-Icelandic pidgin. All the pronouncs wre borrowed form English, which was not one of the primary lexical contributors.

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It did occur to me some time after I wrote this that they, like she, probably owes its existence to Old English’s original personal pronouns becoming homophonous or nearly so, and wouldn’t have been borrowed otherwise. I’ll have to look into Indonesian pronouns, though.

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