你每

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Chinese[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

Attested as early as Late Middle Chinese, with functioning as a meaningless particle. At that time, 你每 was an equilibrating disyllabic version of the emerging 2nd. sg. and pl. pronoun . During Yuan Dynasty, the creolisation of Mongolian and Northern Chinese to form the Han'er language resulted in immoderate usage expansion of the plural suffix -每, by analogy with Mongolian noun plural suffixes -ууд, -чууд, , нар. After the overthrow of the Yuan Dynasty and the decreolisation of Han'er, 你每 gradually developed into the present-day 2nd. pl. pronoun 你们. The origin of the suffix -每 is unclear, perhaps also an Altaic influence. See .

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

你每

  1. (singular) you
  2. (plural) you

References[edit]

  • 《历史语言学研究》(Studies on historical linguistics),第2辑 (Series 2),2009,商务印书馆 (The Commercial Press)