hello I have read wals chapter 136 very carefully and I cannot understand what paradigmatic means! can someone explain it (m-t pronouns referring to paradigmatic) shortly and give examples in german french or turkish? I am not phonologist and I cannot understand it! your help would be appreciated! thanks and best regards! here you can view the chapter : http://wals.info/chapter/136
According to WALS chapter 136, the languages are divided according to their words for the first and second person singular pronouns.
The M-T languages are the languages which have an /M/ sound (or similar sounds) for the first-person singular pronoun and a /T/ sound (or similar sounds) for the second-person singular pronoun.
The M-T paradigmatic languages are the languages where the /M/ and the /T/ sounds occur in the same position, i.e. you can find a common pattern.
1sg 2sg common Accusative mich dich _ich Dative mir dir _ir Possessive mein dein _ein
1sg 2sg common note Disjunctive moi toi _oi Accusative me te _e same as dative Genitive mon ton _on masculine ma ta _a feminine mes tes _es plural Possessive mien tien _ien
1sg 2sg common Absolute ben sen _en Accusative beni seni _enin Genitive benim senin _eniN Dative bana sana _ana Locative bende sende _ende Ablative benden senden _enden
The fact that we can have a column "common" is what makes those language M-T paradigmatic instead of M-T non-paradigmatic.