Paul Bartlett wrote: > 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. Spanish "tu" is also the possessive like Interlingua. In any case, an auxlang is best making these regular formations derived from the nominatives. For the sake of regularity, it would be nice if it folllowed a pattern like possessive nouns.