30 June 2007

they (inanimate) is ena

ena = they (pronoun - 3rd person plural, inanimate) (some things Google found for "ena": a very common term; ENA stands for Emergency Nurses Association; ENA is a technology company based in Nashville; ENA stands for Ethiopian News Agency; ENA is the AMEX stock symbol for Enova Systems Inc; ENA Couriers of Seattle; Ena is a feminine first name; ENA stands for Energy Networks Association; ENA stands for Ecovillage Network of the Americas; ENA stands for European Nursing Agency; a last name; Ena is the name of places in Japan, Spain, Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Kenya, Sweden, and Iraq)

Word derivation for "they" (more than one inanimate thing) :
Basque = haiek, Finnish = ne,
Miresua = ena

This Miresua conlang word has been changed. The word for "they" is now "enak".

26 June 2007

you (plural) is tek

tek = you (pronoun - 2nd person plural) (some things Google found for "tek": a very common term; TEK is the NYSE stock symbol for Tektronix Inc; TEK search engine; part of the name of numerous companies (short for technology) such as Tek-Tools, Bio-Tek, Neo-Tek, StorageTek, Hi-Tek ; TEK is a protein coding gene; TEK stands for Traffic Encryption Key; Tek is a mind-altering drug in the fictional TekWar universe; tek means "uneven, odd, being an odd number, to" in Albanian; means "take" in Icelandic; means "just, only" in Serbo-Croatian, means "only, single, unique, individual" in Turkish)

Word derivation for "you" :
Basque = zuek, Finnish = te
Miresua = tek

This Miresua conlang word has been changed. The word for you (plural) is now teu.

24 June 2007

Miresua pronouns revision

After some thought, I've decided to slightly change the rules for the 3rd person singular pronouns. Miresua will no longer use these two pronouns exactly as in Finnish. I'm going to expand the usage of the he/she pronoun to include animals, not just the people. The word it will be applied only to inanimate things and concepts. If it moves on its own and has eyes, the Miresua pronoun for it is he/she.

22 June 2007

they is heik

heik = they (pronoun - 3rd person plural, people and animals) (some things Google found for "heik": an uncommon term; HEIK is the United Nations Development Programme for Housing and Electrification in Kosovo; user name; a masculine first name, notably German guitarist Heik the Kid; a last name which appears to be German; may mean something in Lebanese)

Word derivation for "they" :
Basque = haiek, Finnish = he
Miresua = heik

This Miresua conlang word has been changed. The word for they is now hai.

18 June 2007

it is ser

ser = it (pronoun - 3rd person singular, inaminate) (some things Google found for "ser": a very common term; one of two Spanish verbs that are equivalent of "to be" in English; SER stands for Society for Epidemiologic Research; SER stands for SIP Express Router; SER Solutions Inc of telemarketing; SER is the acronym for the Society for Ecological Restoration; SER stands for Sociedad Española de Radiodifusión (Spanish Society of Radio); "ser" means "see" in Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish; means "beget, bind together, bring forth, compose, cultivate" in Latin; means "cheese" in Polish; means "to be" in Spanish and Portuguese; means "serum" in Romanian; places in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Mali, Spain, Senegal, Nigeria, and Romania)

Word derivation for "it" :
Basque = bera (hura)/berak, Finnish = se
Miresua = ser

Finnish uses a separate 3rd person pronoun to refer to animals and things. Basque doesn't traditionally use such pronouns, but in cases when one is used, it's the same as the pronoun for he and she. Miresua is going use one 3rd person pronoun for persons and animals (animate), and another pronoun for things (inanimate).

This Miresua conlang word has been changed. The word for "it" is now "esa".

14 June 2007

he/she is bän

bän = he/she (pronoun - 3rd person singular, people and animals) (some things Google found for "bän": an uncommon term; appears on numerous gobbledygook Vietnamese pages; similar word "bàn" means "table" in Vietnamese; a user name)

Word derivation for "he/she" :
Basque = bera, berak, hura, hark, harek Finnish = hän
Miresua = bän

Basque and Finnish agree that one pronoun can be used for both he and she. OK, Miresua will do that. But Basque traditionally uses demonstratives (this, that, yonder) instead of a third-person pronoun, which I found rather surprising. The third-person pronoun "bera" is a recent addition to Western varieties of Basque.

This Miresua conlang word has been changed. For the Basque pronoun I'm using what my Basque text book uses, hura. The word for he/she is now här.

10 June 2007

you is sui

sui = you (pronoun - 2nd person singular) (some things Google found for "sui": a very common term; Sui Dynasty of China (581-619 AD); "sui generis" is a Latin expression meaning "only example of its kind or unique"; a last name, notably fashion designer Anna Sui; SUI is the NYSE stock symbol for Sun Communities Inc.; a SUI tax is for State Unemployment Insurance; means "south" in Afrikaans; means "pin, needle" in Hindi (Transliterated); means "on the" in Italian; means "herself, itself, himself" in Latin; means "as" in Sindarin; means "endure" in Swahili; means "needle" in Urdu (Transliterated); means "leopard" in five East African languages of Tanzania; places in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Papua New Guinea, China, Pakistan,India, and Honduras)

Word derivation for "you" :
Basque = zu/zuk (2nd person formal), Finnish = sinä  (2nd person informal)
Miresua = sui

Both Finnish and Basque have two words for the 2nd person singular "you", one pronoun for the familiar (or intimate) and the other for more formal situations. But apparently in each language one pronoun is utilized more than the other. In Basque the intimate form is very restricted in its use. In Finnish the familiar form is used even with strangers. For simplicity's sake in Miresua I'm only going to have one 2nd person singular pronoun, and it's constructed from the more common pronoun from each language.

This Miresua conlang word has been changed. The word for "you (singular)" is now zun.

06 June 2007

we is mu

mu = we (pronoun - 1st person plural) (some things Google found for "mu": a very common term; MU is NYSE stock symbol for Micron Technology Inc.; Global MU online role-playing game; MU stands for University of Missouri; Mu is a Japanese word (from Chinese) used as a response to certain Zen Buddhism koans to indicate that the question itself was wrong; Mu is the 12th letter of the Greek alphabet and hence part of the name of a number of honorary societies and fraternities; MU stands for multi-user; Mu-metal is an is a nickel-iron alloy used for shielding equipment from magnetic fields; Mu is a hypothetical lost continent in the Pacific Ocean; .mu is the domain for Mauritius; MU stands for Musicians' Union in the UK; places in New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, South Korea, and Pakistan)

Word derivation for "we" :
Basque = gu/guk, Finnish = me
Miresua = mu

This Miresua conlang word has been changed. The word for we is now ge.

02 June 2007

I is äni

äni = I (pronoun - 1st person singular) (some things Google found for "äni"; an uncommon term; Äni(x)Väx are a West German punk rock band; a feminine name; user name; Ky-äni Sun is an Alaskan wild blueberry antioxidant health beverage; "äni" means "voice" in Finnish; "äni" means "mother, parent" in Tatar)

Word derivation for "I" :
Basque = ni/nik, Finnish = minä
Miresua = äni

Basque pronouns appear to be a bit complicated, mainly due to Basque eragativity. Finnish pronouns seem fairly straightforward. For Miresua, I'd like to keep pronouns reasonably simple.

This Miresua conlang word has been changed. The word for I is now mi.