Datapoint Eskimo Pidgin/Person syncretism in independent personal pronouns

There is no person syncretism in pronouns. However, there is pure number syncretism. As Stefánsson (1909: 220) notes: "It is rarely the jargon makes a difference between singulars and plurals". There are some rare exceptions to this in the data. Stefánsson (1909: 221) mentions a dual and a plural form of the second person pronoun used by native speakers of the main lexifier language, but these forms were not commonly used in the pidgin.


No person syncretism