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posted by [personal profile] jay_walk at 08:20pm on 17/10/2011 under ,
as a third person singular pronoun that is. It's my new favourite candidate.
(I'm just talking about third person pronouns for a person of neutral gender, no gender, both, etc., ruling out the options of going non-neologisms such as by both or by it or by they. For an unspecified person or a person whose gender I do not know yet or a generic person, I use they, while the very traditional thing to use is "he", which is sexist, or "he or she", which is binarist. I don't tend to use a neologistic word for this case, although some people do.)
Thon:
Just because it's phonetically perfect for it. It fits into an English sentence well. Pronouns with more complex and uncommon sounds in them like x or z are going to slur when they're in often used, unemphasized, and small words like pronouns are, and when they do they'll turn to something involving h or s sounds, which makes them hard to keep apart from other third person pronouns.
Another reason I dislike the more common options phonetically is because they're too close to female or male pronouns (zie, hir, for example). Not that people can't call themselves that if they don't see that quality in them or like it to describe them, it just makes them not perfectly neutral in my perception. For example for myself I don't mind "hit", which is middle English for it but declines as "him, his". Phonetically it sounds like it means something between he and it, which is why I'd use it for myself, but why it can't be a good new neutral pronoun.
And the ones that are them without the th I just find phonetically unaesthetic Because they either begin with a glottal stop or slur with the preceding word. Personal taste I guess.
(unrelated note: the quenya word for personal taste in phonetic aesthetics is lamatyalve)
Thon is a demonstrative (?) pronoun in some dialects, apparently, so that's why it fits phonologically as a pronoun in an English sentence.
I have no idea how to decline it. Demonstrative pronouns don't decline. Although I'd guess they did in middle english and certainly in old English. It might be easiest to just let it be the same in all cases. Or to decline analogous to "one": thon-thon-thons
I'd love to enforce bringing back accusative and dative cases for pronouns and getting rid of some prepositions, but anyway.

And yay, I managed to have some thoughts and write something.

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