Hè is a reduced form of hent [henn], also pronounced hint [hint] in much of Central Cornouaille and Tregor (literary Breton int; Middle Welsh int; (h)wynt. Hè/hent is a free morpheme which can be placed either before or after a (normally) uninflected 3rd person singular verb (+ AUX). This slide towards analycity must have been facilitated by a need to identify the subject, wether masculine or feminine, in the phrase, a phenomenon which was probably reinforced by analogy with the structures just signaled in 2.8.3. In the following affirmative sentences, the subject pronoun directly follows the verb boud, the main lexical verb or the verbal group.
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