Paradigm Details:

Language: (rap) Rapa Nui.


System Type: F

Source: Du Feu (1996).

Comment: A series of syntactic function marking particles exist in the language, however this is not analysed as involving affixation (Du Feu 1996:112-4). Hence, in all cases function marking particles have not been reproduced below. In addition, the language makes a distinction between definite/indefinite and, in the singular, alienable/inalienable pronominal possession (De Feu 1996:144-5). The possessive forms listed below are the definite pronouns used for alienable possession.

Pronoun Paradigm:

  A S O Poss.
1st (excl) Person Singular au au au taʔaku
1st (excl) Person Dual maua maua maua temaua
1st (excl) Person Plural matou matou matou tematou
1st (incl) Person Dual taua taua taua tetaua
1st (incl) Person Plural tatou tatou tatou tetatou
2nd Person Singular koe koe koe taʔau -
2nd Person Dual koɾua koɾua koɾua tekoɾua
2nd Person Plural koɾua koɾua koɾua tekoɾua
3rd Person Singular Gender 1 ia ia ia taʔana
3rd Person Singular Gender 2 ia ia ia taʔana
3rd Person Dual ɾaua ɾaua ɾaua teɾaua
3rd Person Plural ɾaua ɾaua ɾaua teɾaua