- Pronouns are words that substitute for explicit nouns. For example, the pronoun I stands for the person standing at this place. The pronoun this stands for the thing or person nearest. The pronoun 'big one stands for a person or thing of some stature.
- In Mirad, pronouns can be:
- Personal pronouns in Mirad are by nature animate and refer to people and other animate, sentient, or "pretend" creatures, such as dogs, angels, gods, puppets, babies, gods, and monsters.
- This chapter deals specifically with personal pronouns and not so much with deictic (demonstrative and indefinite) pronouns like who, those, any, and whatever, treated in detail in the chapter on Determiners.
- Personal animate pronouns can be of the following types:
- specific....Referring to a specific person or group of persons, such as he, you, or me.
- generic....Referring to "one" in general or "they", people in general
- reflexive....Referring back to the same person, such as myself, yourself, or themselves.
- emphatic....Particularizing a person or persons, such as I, myself, or she, herself.
- Notice that personal pronouns, and indeed all pronouns, are devoid of distinctions of CASE, such as nominative, objective, dative, etc. as in many languages (including English, in the distinction between I and me, for example). The words for we and us are the same in Mirad. Pronouns do, however, have adjectival (or possessive) forms, such as my or his.
: The chart below shows the gender-neutral animate personal pronouns, which are gender-neutral. The distinction of gender, if needed, can be expressed with extended personal pronouns.
"Gender-neutral Animate Personal Pronouns" PERSON TYPE SINGULAR PLURAL 1st SPECIFIC at....I, me yat....we, us 2nd et....you yet....you, you all 3rd it....he, she, him, her yit....they, them 3rd GENERIC ot....one, they yot....people 3rd REFLEXIVE ut....self yut....selves
A distinction of gender can be expressed only in the third, singular animate specific pronoun, which otherwise can express he, she, him, her neutrally. To express specifically he/she, interject a y before the final t. To express specifically a male (he/him), prepend the pronoun with w:
- The Mirad third person specific pronoun it can refer to any animate or pseudo-animate creatures such as animals, babies, dolls, angels, gods, monsters". However, Mirad it cannot refer to non-animate things such as tables, ideas, abstractions, etc. A deictic (demonstrative) pronoun is used in such cases, as discussed in the chapter on Determiners.
- The third person generic pronouns ot and yot are used as in English one and they, people (meaning unspecifed persons), as in the following examples:
- Ot yefe xer ha yakwas.....One must do what is expected.
- Yot de van et vyode hoj.....They/People say you never lie.
- As mentioned earlier, Mirad has no cases, so position in the sentence or prepositions are used, eg.:
- His se av et. ....This is for you.
- Hus nyuf se bi yat.....That parcel is from us.
- Du at din ayv eta tej.....Tell me a story about your life.
- In the last example, the verb der (tell) has an inherent to built in its meaning, so no preposition to is needed before the pronoun at. Direct and inderect object pronouns in Mirad work syntactally just as in English.
- Mirad has a special two special hybrid pronouns, aet and ayet, which mean, respectively, I and you (dual) and I and you (plural). These are used only where the situation calls for it, eg.:
- Aet yeyfe tadser.....You and I should get married.
- Ayet efe yanbeser.....You people and I need to stick together.
- The above two pronouns, like the others, can be made into possessive adjectives with the suffix -a:
- aet → aeta....our
- ayet→ ayeta....our
- These, in turn, can be nominalized:
- aeta → aetas....ours, aetasi....ours (the things of you and me)
- eyeta→ ayetas....ours, ayetasi....ours (the things of you people and me)
Reflexive Personal PronounsEdit
- Reflexive personal pronouns like English myself, yourself, etc. are formed by postfixing a u just before the final t. Reflexive personal pronouns are invariable for gender. Translating iut as herself depends on the context.
Reflexive Personal Pronouns PERSON SINGULAR PLURAL FIRST PERSON aut....myself yaut....ourselves SECOND PERSON eut....yourself yeut....yourselves THIRD PERSON SPECIFIC iut....himself/herself yiut....themselves THIRD PERSON GENERIC out....oneself yout....people themselves
- Examples of personal pronoun usage:
- At yafe teater aut be ha sinzyef.....I can see myself in the mirror.
- Iyt yubteaxa iut.....She examined herself.
- Treu eut!....Know thyself.
- Yat yeyfe tadser.....We should get married.
- Iyt vey tojboiut.....She may kill herself.
- Ot yefe ifer out.....One must love oneself.
- Yot glaxag voy ife yout.....People often don't love themselves.
- Yet ufe yeut.....You (people) hate yourselves.
- Yet yeyfe yovser yeut.....You people should be ashamed of yourselves.
- Yat ufe yet.....We hate you.
- Upu eker bay yat.....Come play with us.
- The reflexive pronoun ut....self can sometimes be prefixed (with no variation in gender or number) to a verb to form a reflexive version of that verb, or it can be prefixed to other parts of speech to mean auto-, or self-, eg.:
- tojber....kill → uttojber....commit suicide
- vyixer....clean → utvyixer....wash up, clean oneself, self-clean
- exer....function → utexer....function automatically, self-run
- izber....pilot → utizber....auto-pilot, self-drive
- exut....operator → utexut....automaton
- deber....rule → utdebea....autocratic, self-ruling
- tejdin....biography → uttejdin....autobiography
- fider....praise → utfider....boast (= self-praise)
Emphatic Personal PronounsEdit
- Emphatic personal pronouns can be formed by following the personal pronoun with the singular determiner hyit (the very one)or the plural determiner hyiti (the very ones), eg.:
Emphatic Personal Pronouns PERSON SINGULAR PLURAL FIRST PERSON at aut....I myself, me myself yat yaut....we ourselves, us ourselves SECOND PERSON et eut....you yourself yet yeut....you yourselves THIRD PERSON it iut....the person him or herself
wit iut....he himself
iyt iut....she herself
yit yiut....they themselves
Note: Gender is not express in personal reflexive pronouns. Only the personal specific pronouns express gender, and then only optionally.
- At aut voy vyatexe Tot.....I myself don't believe in God.
- At jateate yet yeut be hua dezzamos.....I foresee you yourselves on that stage.
- Iyt iut voy sa hum.....She herself was not here.
Reciprocal Personal PronounsEdit
- The reciprocal pronoun....one another, each other is translated with hyuit, which is a melding of hyut (the other person) and hyit (the same person). This is an invariable pronoun and does not express gender or number.
- Yat yefe ifer hyuit.....We must love one another.
- This reciprocal pronoun can be converted to a pronominal determiner by suffixing a, as in hyuita....one another's, mutual, reciprocal:
- Yat tobweti yefe fiyzaxer hyuita fwasi.....We guys must respect one another's wishes.
- Note the following:
- hyuita....mutual, reciprocal
- hyuitif....Mutual love
- huitan....mutuality, reciprocity
- ha at....the ego
- ha it....the id
- ha ut....the self
- ha aybat....the superego
- ha hyut....the other
- Pronominal determiners, which can also be referred to as possessive adjectives, are derived from pronouns by adding the adjectival ending a to the end of the pronoun, as follows:
- at....I, me → ata....my
- aut....myself → auta....my own
- yat....we, us → yata....our
- yaut....ourselves → yauta....our own
- iut....himself/herself → iuta....his/her own
Basic Pronominal Determiners PERSON TYPE SINGULAR PLURAL 1st SPECIFIC ata....my yata....our 2nd eta....your yeta....your 3rd ita....his/her
yita....their 3rd GENERIC ota....one's yota....people's
- The above forms are gender-neutral and are the most commonly used pronominal determiners. Here are some examples:
- Ata tej se fia.....My life is good.
- Yata twed.......Our father...
- Ota fyadili yeyfe ser dola.....One's prayers should be silent.
- At voy teata ita dyes.....I did not see his/her book.
- Pronominal Determines like "my own, your own...":
Pronominal Determiners Like my own PERSON TYPE SINGULAR PLURAL 1st SPECIFIC auta....my own yauta....our own 2nd euta....your own yeuta....your own 3rd iuta....his/her own yiuta....their own 3rd GENERIC outa....one\'s own youta....people\'s own
- The above pronominal determiners an be substantivized as pronouns by adding the suffix s....thing possessed, or si....things possessed, as follows:
Sample Substantivized Pronominal Determiners ATTRIBUTE SINGULAR SUBSTANTIVE PLURAL SUBSTANTIVE ata....my atas....mine atasi....mine, my things eta....your etas....yours etasi....yours auta....my own autas....my own autasi....my own (things) iyta....her iytas....her own iytasi....hers, her things wita....his witas....ours yatas....ours, our things yata....our yatas....ours yatasi....ours, our things outa....one's outas....one's own outasi....one's own (things)
- Yat yefe ovmasber yatasi.....We must protect our own [pl. things].
- Etasi naze ga vyel atasi.....Yours are worth more than mine.
- Biku yeutasi.....You guys, mind your own business (= things).
- Yat toybeti fe ayser yauta nig.....We gals want to have our own space.
Translating various uses of it in EnglishEdit
- When translating English it referring to animate creatures such as babies, animals, dolls, angels, ghosts, and monsters, the Mirad third person animate personal pronouns it he/she/it, iyt she, or wit he is used, eg:
- At eke bay ha epet avhas hu at iyfe it / iyt / wit.....I play with the dog because I like it / her / him.
- When translating English it referring to an inanimate object or abstraction, a Mirad deictic "thing" determiner like has (the thing), his (this), or hus (that) is used, eg:
- At teasa ha dyezun ay at iyfa has gla.....I saw the movie and I liked it (= the thing) a lot.
- Ha mes sa yija oy at voy ta hus.....The door was open but I didn't know it (= that).
- The possessive forms of has is hasa....its, for example:
- At iyfe ha dyes ay at ife hasa abdyun.....I like the book and I love it's (= the thing's) title.
- If the pronoun they/them is just a plural of it referring to an object or abstraction, then the pronoun hasi is used.
- Ha sini se via ay at ife hasi.....The pictures are beautiful and I love them.
- The possessive form of hasi....they/them is hasia....their, eg.:
- Ha tefi se via oy hasia naxi se otwa.....The hats are beautiful, but their prices are unknown.
- If it introduces a non-previously-mentioned abstraction in English or has no antecedent, then the it is left unexpressed in the Mirad equivalent sentence. For example:
- Mamilo.....It will rain. ( = Will rain.)
- Se fia van et upa.....It is good that you came. ( = Is good that you came.)
- Sa via jub bay et.....It was a beautiful day with you. ( = Was a beautiful day...)
- Voy se yuka yaprer hia meb.....It is not easy to climb this mountain. ( = Is not easy...)
Referring to Third PersonsEdit
- The definite, proximal, distal deictic determiners can be used for third person pronouns. These forms can be animate or inanimate, masculine or feminine, singular or plural, definite, proximal (near to the speaker) or distal (remote from the speaker). The general forms of these specifiers are given in a previous section, but they are elaborated here for their use as third person pronouns:
Deictic Determiners Used to Express Third Persons THING PERSON FEMALE MALE'.... DEFINITE SINGULAR
hwat....he/him/the male person
hwit....he/him/this male person
- Mirad does not force you to indicate gender in animate pronouns. The gender-neutral forms in the PERSON column are ordinarily sufficient. The forms in the MALE and FEMALE column are optional and used only when a distinction is needed.
- Here are some examples using the above pronouns:
- Huyt voy se tadxwa.....She (that woman) is not married.
- At hoj teataye hiti.....I have never seen them (these people).
- Huytiasi se ga aga vyel atasi.....Theirs (= the things of those females) are bigger than mine.
- Hom et koxa has?....Where did you hide it (the thing)?
- Hoyen et ijtra it (or: hat)?....How did you meet him (or: the person)?
- At traye huyt yagjob.....I've known her (=that female) for a long time.
- The above pronouns answer the questions hos?....what?, hosi?....what things?, hot?....who(m)?, or hoti?....what persons?, but there is another set of deictic selective pronouns that answer the questions hoat?....which one?, hoayti?....which ones (of the females mentioned)?, hoas?....which one/thing?, and hoasi?....which ones/things?
Selective Deictic Pronouns SELECTIVES THING THINGS PERSON PERSONS DEFINITE haas....the one haasi....the ones haat....the one haati....the ones PROXIMAL hias....this one hiasi....these hiat....this one hiati....these DISTAL huas....that one huasi....those huat....that one huati....those
- Here are some examples using these deictic selective pronouns:
- Duven et fu hias ey huas?....Would you like this one or that one?
- Huayt se haat.....She (that female person) is the one.
- At iyfe hiasi ga vyel huasi.....I like these more than those.
- Compare the following two examples:
- Hoas et fu? Hias.....Which one would you like? This one. (SELECTIVE)
- Hos et fu? His.....What would you like? This. (SPECIFIC)
- Relative Pronouns
- Relative pronouns are presented in the chapter on Free Relative Clauses.