02 September 2012

my is nime

nime = my (possessive pronoun) (some things Google found for "nime": a very common term; NIME is an acronym for New Interfaces for Musical Expression; NIME or New Shores is a Business School in India; NIME is an acronym for Networking Issues in Multimedia Entertainment; NIME is an acronym for National Conference on Mathematics Education of India; rare last name; a rare first name; in the Star Wars universe name of a port city on the planet Roon; nime chow (naem chhaw) are Cambodian fresh (not deep-fried) spring rolls; in Estonian forms of the noun name; name of places in Papua New Guinea; similar Nîmes is a city in southern France)

Word derivation for "my" :
Basque = nire, Finnish = minun + -ni
Miresua = nime

Finnish doesn't do possessive pronouns like English. The Finnish pronoun minun is generally used with the possessive suffix -ni appended to the word owned. Often the suffix -ni is used without using minun at all. Minun is the genitive singular of the personal pronoun minä.

Basque has a word for my, instead of a suffix, so I'm going to do the same in Miresua. Seems less complicated. By the way, my Miresua word for I is nin.

This Miresua conlang word has been changed. The word for my is now miren.


de cuup said...

*minun (typos).

Both the Basque and the Finnish words are genitives. Is nime, as well?

Mariska said...

I corrected the typos. Thanks for pointing them out.

The Basque word is irregular, it doesn't follow the usual genitive ending. It's termed a pronominal possessive. I made my word a mashup. But perhaps I should reconsider ending this word in -n to look genitive, in both Basque and Finnish.