Pronouns are a closed class.
Personal pronouns are marked for case and person. Third person pronouns are marked for animacy.
|1st person||2nd person||3rd person
|intranstitive (abs / nom)||’usu||filli||(su’a)||mihu||pa|
|transitive (erg / acc)||suma||fu||(su’a)||quhu||’iffa|
Case will be discussed in a later section.
First person refers to the speaker or speakers, and any group for whom they are speaking.
Second person refers to the listener or listeners, and any group the listener is representing.
Third person refers to any other party. It is not used for the subject of the sentence, whether present or implied.
Pronouns are not marked for number. However, if the pronoun refers to a group that includes more than one of these persons, then additional pronouns can be constructed as follows:
The second person transitive pronoun fu can be suffixed to the first person pronouns to form first person inclusive plural pronouns.
Animate pronouns refer to people and other multicellular organisms capable of independent movement.
Inanimate pronouns refer to anything else, such as natural phenomena, plants, fungi, unicellular life and abstract concepts.
The genitive is used to mark a connection between nouns, including one noun possessing another.
Possession is alienable when the possessed item can be transferred from one owner to another. Alienable possessions include objects bought or received by a person.
The structure of the possessive phrase for alienable possession is possessor genitive possessed. The genitive marker marks the animacy of the possessor.
Inalienable possession refers to items which are unable to be transferred from one individual to another. Inalienable possessions include relatives, parts of the body and objects created by a person.
For inalienable possession, as well as genitive constructions that do not involve literal possession, the structure is possessed-genitive possessor, that is, the genitive marker is an enclitic on the possessed item. This marker is always the third person inanimate genitive pronoun, unless the possessor is a plain pronoun.
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Because of the nature of alienability, some contrasts can be made between possessives.
Alienable possession is used in a hierarchy when the possessor is of higher rank than the possessed, and inalienable possession when the relationship is the other way around.