Note that under pronouns we shall also deal with related parts of speech,
such as possessive and demonstrative adjectives.
Tundrian personal pronouns normally have several case forms for each
person, number and gender. They are:
- The nominative - used for the subject of the sentence, for the complement
of stative verbs and for emphasis in replying to questions. Examples:
- Subject: Tu vens demán? -
Are you coming tomorrow?
- Complement: Yera ella qui
ha clamat. - It was she who has called.
- Emphasis: Qui lhi enviará celâ carta?
Nôs! - Who will send this letter to him?
- The accusative - used for the direct object of the verb. Example:
- Nos han vistos a lâ
pisciyna. - They have seen us at the swimming
- The dative - used for the indirect object of the verb. Example:
- Mi dará cinq mil
luras. - He will give me 5000 luras.
- The prepositional - used as the complement of prepositions. Examples:
- El rey transmitte celo messatx a
Doi. - The King transmits this message to you
- Dâ noi, a
voi. - From us, to
- Por lui, la qüessoun non
havîa qualcún xîn. - For him, the question made
no sense at all.
- Cel livro fu escrut per illa.
- This book was written by her.
- La vêitura veine vêrs mei
con una extreima vêlocitat. - The vehicle (car) came towards
me with extreme speed.
The tables below provide the different forms of the personal pronoun:
||me / m'
||te / t'
||vosaltri / vosaltre
||se / s'
- The 2nd person informal forms (tu etc.) are used when talking to children, among
close relatives and friends, in prayer, when addressing animals, and -
increasingly - among peers at university and the workplace. Its former use of
addressing social "inferiors" is now obsolete (and would be quite insulting).
- The 2nd person formal forms (Doi etc.) are becoming quite rare - they are essentially
restricted to situations where one addresses a person of high social rank whom
one does not actually know very well or at all, e.g. the managing director of one's
company, the principal of one's school, and senior people in government,
the army and the Church.
- In all other situations the 2nd person neutral pronouns (vôs
etc.) are used, which -
as can be seen - are identical in the singular and the plural. Children
generally address all adults except close relatives with these forms, while
adults use them addressing strangers, people they do not know very well, and
anyone not considered more or less as a social equal. This is the usual form
used between workers and clients in shops and service establishments (banks,
restaurants, hotels, barbershops), between government employees and the
public, and among strangers over the telephone.
- The accusative singular pronouns me,
te and se are
replaced by m', t'
and s', respectively when immediately followed by
a word beginning with a vowel (including words beginning with a silent h).
- Ella m'ha visitat mûlte
vices. - She has visited me many times.
- El doctour t'examinará
demán. - The doctor will examine you tomorrow.
- S'és battut contra lâ guerra
touta sûa viyta. - He has struggled against war all his life.
- The prepositional forms nous and
vous are now obsolete, but can be found in older
writings and poetry. In everyday usage, including written texts, they have
been replaced by noi and
voi, respectively. Thus, the 18th century phrase "Passarás lâ sêmaina
con nous" would now read "Passarás lâ sêmaina con
noi" (You shall pass the week with us).
- The gender of plural forms depends on whether the collectivity talked
about or addressed contains males or masculine nouns: if they do (even one),
the masculine forms must be used - the feminine forms are used only when every
noun referred to is feminine.
- The reflexive pronoun is not used in the nominative.
||BY FORM OF POSSESSED NOUN
||mêu / mî
||mêus / mîs
||tûy / tû
||sûy / sû
- Forms in red (e.g. mî) in the table above are the possessive adjectives
when these are different from the corresponding pronoun. In all cases where
there is no form in red, the possessive pronoun and adjective are identical.
Examples of use of the possessive adjectives:
- Mî melhour amiyc mi lo ha
enviat. - My best friend has sent it to me.
- En tû cas, haveim dêcidut
differentment. - In your case, we have decided
- Sû mariyt és franceis. -
Her husband is French.
- Sûa mûlher és tundriana. -
His wife is Tundrian.
- Mêi filhi estûdzan en
América. - My sons study in the US.
- Hoy enviat mîs filhs a
estûdzar en América. - I have sent my sons to
study in the US.
- The 3rd person plural possessive pronoun / adjective does not vary by the number,
gender or case of the nouns being possessed. Examples:
- Cela vêitura és la lour. -
This car is theirs.
- Ço és lour escola.- This is
- Lour mariyti touti
trâpalhaban en lâ çutat. - Their husbands all
worked in the city.
- Han vendut toutas lour
casas. - They have sold all their houses.
- There is no separate possessive reflexive pronoun / adjective - the normal 3rd person
forms are used. Examples:
- Lhi dé lo sû avriyc. - She
gave him her (own) coat.
- Lour dous enfanti êmigraron
a los Estats Uniyts. - Their (own) two children
emigrated to the US.
For the proximative ("this"), there is a distinction in Tundrian between the
demonstrative pronoun (this is the book) and the
demonstrative adjective (this book). For the
demonstrative denoting something at a distance from the speaker ("that"), the
same forms are used for the pronoun and the adjective:
|Nom. sing. m.
||Nom. sing. f.
|| Acc. sing.
||Acc. sing. f.
||Nom. pl. m.
||Nom. pl. f.
||Acc. pl. m.
|| Acc. pl. f.
|this, these [pron.]
|this, these [adj.]
Note that the forms cela, celo, etc. are unstressed even though they contain
two syllables. Thus they are pronounced /tʃəla/,
Examples of use:
- Ço és mî melhour amiyc. - This
is my best friend.
- Ço son le mîe conditzouni. -
These are my conditions.
- Cel avión és el plus rápid de
nostra companía. - This airplane is the fastest of our company.
- Cela casa mi appartzene depois
treis âns. - This house has belonged to me for the past three years.
- Volho que mi apports celo can
demán. - I want you to bring me this dog tomorrow.
- Da lhi celâ carta, por favour!
- Give him this letter, please!
- Celi soldati serán li mêi
invitati. - These soldiers shall be my guests.
- Son cele feule qui mi placen
el plus. - It is these stories that I like the most.
- Volerîa comprar celos livros.
- I would like to buy these books.
- Preinde celas flours! - Take
- Quest és mî filh alí. - That
is my son over there.
- Quest homne ne m'ha nûnca
clamat. - That man has never called me.
- Questa és mîa vêitura. - That
is my car.
- Pots prestar-mi quest livro? -
Can you lend me that book?
- Non volho encontrar questa
persouna denôu. - I don't want to meet that person again.
- Questi yeran uni belli jûrni.
- Those were some beautiful days.
- Questi cavalli guanharán mûlts
prêims. - Those horses will win many prizes.
- Que son belle queste rose!
- Aren't those roses beautiful!
- Plantavan questos piyns al
comintz del seyl. - They planted those pine trees at the beginning of the
- N'hoy visitat nûnca questas
montanhas. - I have never visited those mountains.
INTERROGATIVE AND RELATIVE PRONOUNS
As in English, there is a close relationship in Tundrian between the
interrogative pronoun ("Who?") and the corresponding relative pronoun ("who").
The forms are given in the table below:
||quen; quén (after prep.)
||ho que; qué (after prep.)
||qual, el/la qual
||quanti / quante?
||quanti / quante
||por qué (for what reason) / por que (in
order that); quar
Examples of use:
- Qui ha guanhat?
- El homne qui guanha obtzenrá
mil dôllars. The man who wins will get $1000.
- Quén viydi con tei hieri
seira? Whom did I see you with last night?
- És el homne quen voy espozar.
He is the man whom I shall marry.
- És el homne con quén veine a
lâ festa hieri. He is the man with whom she
came to the party yesterday.
- Cuy avriyc és ço?
Whose coat is this?
- Ço és el homne cuya vêitura
ha fut furata. This is the man whose car has
- Cuyas casas has vendutas?
Whose houses have you sold?
- Qué son le ratzouni por sû
comportament? What are the causes of his
- Ço és ho que mi ha apportat.
This is what he has brought me.
- Con qué t'ha cûrtat?
What did he cut you with?
- És ço con qué m'ha cûrtat.
It is this that (what) he cut me with.
- Qual montanha és plus alta?
Which mountain is higher?
- Quest és el livro lo qual
tropái a Taigo. That is the book (which) I
found in Taigo.
- Non saipo qual ti place. I
don't know which one you like.
- Coum voi gûsta la carn?
How do you like your meat?
- Mi diyxe coum tropara lo
dinêr. She told me how she had found the money.
- HOW MUCH
- Quant saps?
How much do you know?
- Quanta aqua voi falle?
How much water do you need?
- Non sapeim quant moral resta
al exêrcit. We do not know how much morale
remains in the army.
- HOW MANY
- Quanti jûrni noi restan?
How many days remain to us?
- Quantas casas ha compratas?
How many houses has he bought?
- S'explica ací quante vices
pots tzentar lo exame. It is explained here how many
times you can try the exam.
- Dûnd seis nat?
Where were you born?
- Ço és dûnd jo trâpalhava.
This is where I used to work.
- Por qué non ho mi has
explicat? Why did you not explain it to me?
- Mi diyxe por qué ella eulara
a Pariys. She told me why she had gone to
- Mi ho diyxe por que jo
eulasse a Pariys. She told me why (in order that)
I should go to Paris.
- Quar n'és nûnca vêniyt!
For he never came!
INDEFINITE PRONOUNS AND ADJECTIVES
Alternate forms (when they) designate the masculine and feminine forms of the
same pronoun or adjective.
|as much/many as ...
||tant, -a ... coum
||ambi, -e [pl.]
|each, every (adj.)
|each one, everyone (pn.)
||touti, -e [pl.]
||necuna causa; nulla
||vêri, -e [pl.]
|some (a few)
||alcuni, -e [pl.]; uni, -e [pl.]