Focus pronouns

Observation
ᐋᔪᐧᐃᑯᓐᐦ ᐅᔮᔨᐤᐦ ᑳ ᐧᐃᓂᐦᐋᑦ ᐅᑭᔅᒄᐦ᙮ Click here to hear this word aayuwikunh uyaayiuh kaa winihaat ukiskwh. These are her/his arrows that s/he lost.

ᐋᔪᐧᐃᑯᓐᐦ aayuwikunh in the sentence above is called a focus pronoun. It can be used alone, with a demonstrative pronoun or with a noun.

Proximate Obviative
singular plural singular plural
Animate ᐋᐅᒄ Click here to hear this word aaukw ᐋᐅᑯᓂᒡ Click here to hear this word aaukunich ᐋᔪᐧᐃᑯᓐᐦ Click here to hear this word aayuwikunh ᐋᔪᐧᐃᑯᓐᐦ Click here to hear this word aayuwikunh
Inanimate ᐋᐅᒄ Click here to hear this word aaukw ᐋᐅᑯᓐᐦ Click here to hear this word aaukunh ᐋᔪᐧᐃᒄ Click here to hear this word aayuwikw ᐋᔪᐧᐃᑯᓐᐦ Click here to hear this word aayuwikunh

Examples:

ᐋᐅᒄ ᐊᓐ ᓂᑳᐧᐄ᙮ Click here to hear this word aaukw an nikaawii. That is my mother.
ᐋᔪᐧᐃᑯᓐᐦ ᐊᓂᔮᐦ ᐅᑳᐧᐄᐦ᙮ Click here to hear this word aayuwikunh aniyaah ukaawiih. That is his/her mother.
ᐋᐅᑯᓂᒡ ᐊᓂᒌ ᓂᑖᒥᒡ᙮ Click here to hear this word aaukunich anichii nitaamich. Those are my dogs.
ᐋᔪᐧᐃᑯᓐᐦ ᐊᓂᔮᐦ ᐅᑖᒻᐦ᙮ Click here to hear this word aayuwikunh aniyaah utaamh. Those are his dogs.
ᐋᔪᐧᐃᑯᓐᐦ ᐊᓂᔮᐦ ᑳ ᓂᑎᐧᐋᔨᐦᑎᐦᒃ᙮ Click here to hear this word aayuwikunh aniyaah kaa nitiwaayihtihk. Those are the things he wanted

There is also a focus particle ᐋᐅᒄ aaukw (see focus particles)

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