October 28, 2004

Moi is what moi am

A familiar case of pronoun borrowing, closer to home than the phenomena in Bahasa Malaysia, and also motivated by status calculations. Scroll down in the linked page to see the title of this post in context. As seems to be the case in Malaysian, there is some equivocation about whether the borrowings are pronouns or just nouns.

Posted by Mark Liberman at October 28, 2004 11:58 AM