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Torn Tongue: Reflexive Pronouns

So far we've gone over personal, impersonaldemonstrative, indefiniteinterrogative and reciprocal pronouns.  This week's topic is reflexive pronouns, which are also called intensive pronouns.


Reflexive pronouns take the place of nouns where the subject and object of an action are the same individual.  In Torn Tongue, these take the genitive forms of personal and impersonal pronouns, and repeat the first two letters of those words.  (Torn Tongue often uses repetition to emphasize something.)  Notice how this affects the pronunciation: the long vowel in the singular forms is throwing stress on the second syllable, while the plural forms have short vowels so the stress falls on the first syllable.

These are the personal pronouns:

English ............... Torn Tongue
myself ................. kakai
ourselves ............. fefem
yourself ................ tatai
yourselves ............ jejem
himself/herself ...... dadai
themselves ........... yeyem

These are the impersonal pronouns:

English .................... Torn Tongue
itself (natural) ............ lalai
itself (technological) ... memei
itself (abstract) .......... roroi

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