Nea

Glyph of the word 'nea'.

nea

  • (pron.) she (3rd person singular feminine pronoun)

Aele eli nea i ia, ae fe’a oku noku ipe tou oku…
“Because she loves you, and you know that can’t be bad…”

Notes: Yes, she loves you, and you know you should be glad! Oooooooh!

I needed a sentence with “she” in it, and “She Loves You” was the first thing that came to mind. Think what you will of the Beatles and the impact they had on music, culture and the world, but there’s a whole lot that’s right with their music.

The iku for nea is built off of the syllabic glyph for ne. The “x” shape of a is superimposed, and I like the way it fits in. It’s a nice shape.

If you take a look at the pronoun page here, you’ll notice a rather large number of pronouns, comparatively speaking. Specifically, if you look at the third person pronouns, you have a masculine pronoun, a feminine pronoun, an inanimate pronoun, a gender-neutral pronoun (like singular “they” in English), and a generic pronoun (like “one” in English). These survive from the very oldest form of the language, when I thought creating a pronoun system like that was a good idea. If I had it to do over, Kamakawi would probably just have one third person pronoun, much like Hawaiian.

But…

See, the pronouns have been in the language too long. I love lea and nea; I can’t bear to part with them. And I find pea useful. And amo! Kou I probably never use, but there are certain times where it would be called for.

Of course, their usefulness isn’t at issue: It’s the naturalness of such a system existing. I don’t want to say it’s impossible… It is unlikely, but in the big wide world, who knows?

The reason the pronouns exist to this day is due to my weakness: I simply can’t part with them. I recognize that the system is a bit odd, so I throw myself on the mercy of the concourt. Let me keep my pronouns, and the next time I see a bizarre pronoun system, I’ll say not a word. I swear!

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2 Responses to “Nea”

  1. Ka kavaka Amanda ti:

    Kou I probably never use, but there are certain times where it would be called for.

    FTFY: “Kou I probably never use, but there are certain times where one would feel it necessary.”

  2. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    :lol:

    You win, Amanda. You win the internet! :D

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