On the origin of Lith. ir and yra Cover Image

Etymologie du lituanien ir 'et' et yra 'est'
On the origin of Lith. ir and yra

Author(s): Witold Mańczak
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Lietuvių Kalbos Institutas
Keywords: Lithuanian; copula; coordinative conjunctions

Summary/Abstract: The etymology of the suppletive Lithuanian 3rd person present form of the substantive verb yra is still debated. In this this article it is pointed out that pronominal stems are a frequent source for both copulae and coordinative conjunctions. The author argues that the similarity between Lith. ir ‘and’ and yra ‘is’ is probably not a coincidence and that both words could go back to a demonstrative pronominal stem.

  • Issue Year: 2003
  • Issue No: 49
  • Page Range: 61-62
  • Page Count: 2
  • Language: French