02 October 2010

he/she is hun (revisited)

hun = he/she (pronoun - 3rd person singular, people and animals) (some things Google found for "hun": a very common term; Huns were a group of Eurasian nomadic people who attacked Europe in the 4th and 5th centuries; Attila the Hun; a last name; a derogatory term used for Germans; Hun River in northeast China; a character in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; an unusual masuculine first name; means "sleep" in Breton; means "she" in Danish and Norwegian; means "them, their" in Dutch; name of cities in Indonesia, Pakistan, Belgium, Ghana, Iran)

Word derivation for "he/she" :
Basque = hura, Finnish = hän
Miresua = hun

Basque and Finnish agree that one pronoun can be used for both he and she. Miresua follows and does that too.

My previous word for he/she was bän. Earlier I wasn't entirely sure what to use for the Basque word, I listed bera, berak, hura, hark, harek as possiblities. Basque traditionally uses demonstratives (this, that, yonder) instead of a third-person pronoun. For the Basque word, I decided to use hura because that's what my Basque text book uses.

This Miresua conlang word has been changed. The word for he/she is now här.

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