Mayan personal pronoun declensions pt. 1

Mayan has verb conjugations like most languages, which most of us find to be a pain. Something that Maya does have that many languages don’t is a straightforward tense marker system, one example of this is if one is doING an action right now you’d say something like:

“t`aan [in/a/u] {bin/verb} [(verb)o’on/e’ex/o’ob]. “

What this precise sentence means is that someone is going, as in going as this moment to some place. What makes the Mayan verb/possessive system simpler than other languages with conjugations is that the first part of the circum-conjugation is the same for each person, so “in” is for first person, “a” is for second person, and “u” is for third person. The plurals use the same “in”, “a”, and “u” in the first part of the circum-conjugation but the last part marks its plurality, so “we” would be “in bin o’on”, “you guys” or “y’all” would be “a bin e’ex” and “they” would be “u bin o’ob”, however the “b” at the end of Mayan words are never pronounced so the third person plural (they/them) would be prnounced “u bino’o”. 

The verb is always combined with the second portion of the circum-conjugation, so it would be these:

“in bino’on”,
“a bine’ex” and
“u bino’ob”, respectively.

When a word starts with any vowel (a, e, i, o, and u), then there is only a slight difference in the circum-conjugation. The first, and second persons (both plural and singular) will receive a “w” in front of the vowel of the verb stem, and the third person will place a “y” there, so the conjugation or declension (for nouns) would work like this:

Otoch (house)
in Wotoch
a Wotoch
u Yotoch
in WotochO’ON
a WotochE’EX
u YotochO’OB

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