Ye'kwana edit

Etymology edit

From Proto-Cariban *ômjamo (second-person collective pronoun) + *rô (emphatic particle), the former from *ômô (second-person singular pronoun) + *-jamo (collective suffix). Analogous forms in other Cariban languages are similarly formed from the singular/non-collective form combined with various collective and emphatic suffixes in different orders. Compare Trió ëmënjamo, Wayana ëmëlamkom, Waiwai amyamro, Hixkaryana omnyamo. By surface analysis, ö- (second-person prefix) +‎ *nwanno (plural personal pronoun base).

Pronunciation edit

Pronoun edit


  1. the second-person plural pronoun; you.

Inflection edit

References edit

  • Cáceres, Natalia (2011), “önwanno”, in Grammaire Fonctionnelle-Typologique du Ye’kwana, Lyon, page 120
  • Hall, Katherine Lee (1988) The morphosyntax of discourse in De'kwana Carib, volume I and II, Saint Louis, Missouri: PhD Thesis, Washington University, page 282
  • Hall, Katherine (2007), “ənwanno”, in Mary Ritchie Key & Bernard Comrie, editors, The Intercontinental Dictionary Series[1], Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, published 2021
  • Meira, Sérgio (2002), “A first comparison of pronominal and demonstrative systems in the Cariban language family”, in Mily Crevels, Simon van de Kerke, Sergio Meira and Hein van der Voort, editors, Current Studies on South American Languages[2], Leiden: Research School of Asian, African, and American Studies (CNWS), Leiden University, →ISBN, pages 255–275