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On Sun, 11 Oct 2009, <deinx nxtxr> wrote (exceerpted for brevity):

> steve rice wrote:
>> [...]
>> So, for the non-IE experts, do possessives need to be short, or
>> is there another way of handling the problem?
>
> I'm not sure what you mean by "short", but I would guess that they
> aren't usually more than a syllable or two off from the pronouns
> themselves.  I've also seen in some languages like Indonesian where
> the possessive is just the regular pronoun form so "saya" can mean
> "I/me/my".  [...]

In some dialects of English (or forms often considered "substandard"),
'me' can be used as a possessive: "That's me book."  Similarly, in IALA
Interlingua 'tu' is both nominative and possessive.

-- 
Paul Bartlett