\ \ [OE] Essentially all the Indo-European languages share the same first person singular pronoun, although naturally it has diverged in form over the millennia. French has je, for example, Italian io, Russian ja, and Greek egó.
\ \ The prehistoric Germanic pronoun was *eka, and this has produced German ich, Dutch ik, Swedish jag, Danish jeg, and English I. The affirmative answer ayeyes’ [16] is probably ultimately the same word as I.
\ \ Cf.AYE, EGO

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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