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Prodropglish gives English the ability to :elide pronouns in subject position, poorly.



The reason languages like Spanish allow for elision of these pronouns is because their verbs are inflected for person and number, making the subject pronoun redundant. English verbs :aren't inflicted for person (compare "You eat" to "I eat" to "They eat"), and :they aren't inflected for number.

Therefore, we need to encode the information given by the pronoun into the verb. There are many ways to do this, but I'm going to be using suffixes:

  Singular Plural
1st Person <-ay> /aj/ <-wi> /wi/
2nd Person <-yu> /ju/ <-yol> /jəl/
3rd Person (for people) <-thei> /θəi/ <-theis> /θəiz/
3rd Person (for objects) <-t> /t/ <-tis> /təz/

These suffixes are pretty transparently derived from the pronouns they replace. The more obscure ones are <-yol> (from y'all), <-theis> (from they, but with an added <-s> to differentiate it from the singular), and <-tis> (from it, but with an <-is> to differentiate it from the singular).

Additionally, if the verb ends with the initial sound of the suffix, a schwa is added (for example, "Becomemi" is /bɪˈkʌməmi/, not /bɪˈkʌmːi/).



Verbs related to a subject arethei now inflected for time, person, and number. The subject can always bet removed, but when ist not given information, doing so may be confusing for the listener.



The following text was modified from Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

:All human beings are bornthei free and equal in dignity and rights. Arethei endowed with reason and conscience and should actthei towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

[ɔːl ˈhjuːmən ˈbiːɪŋz ɑːr bɔːrnθəi friː ænd ˈiːkwəl ɪn ˈdɪgnɪtiː ænd rajts ɑːrθəi enˈdawd wɪð ˈriːzən ænd ˈkɑːnʃəns ænd ʃʊd æktθəi təˈwɔːrdz wʌn əˈnʌðər ɪn ə ˈspɪrɪt əv brʌðərˌhʊd]



These changes only affect a certain selection of subject pronouns. A more complete version of this would also include demonstratives in subject position (this, that, these, those), allow for elision of object pronouns, as well as other things I'm surely forgetting.


:x Person

The only exception is for the third person singular, which adds an <-s>: "He eats.". Also, some irregular verbs.

:x HumanBeings

While the subject may be omitted here grammatically, it is not given information. Therefore it is kept for semantic reasons.

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