An alternative analysis suggests that に (ni) may be a conjugation of an ancient copular or stative verb ぬ (nu), which persists in modern Japanese as particle に (ni) and auxiliary verb ぬ (nu) / ず (zu). This would make nite appear to be a regular conjunctive conjugation of the copula. Compare the て form of Japanese verbs.
にて (romaji nite)
- formal version of で (de), indicating location or instrumental