Paj-Puj: Dropping the Plural Suffix: In the Demonstrative Pronouns "These" and "Those"

Dropping the Plural Suffix: In the Demonstrative Pronouns "These" and "Those"

كۆپلۈك قوشۇمچىسىنىڭ چۈشۈپ قالغىنى: كۆرسىتىش ئالماشلىرىنى ئىشلەتكەندە

When a plural noun is preceded by the qualifiers "these" or "those", the qualifiers do not take the plural in Uyghur the way they do in English (e.g., بۇ قىزلار would be used for "these girls" instead of بۇلار قىزلار). In English, this would be like saying "this girls" and would not be correct, but in Uyghur this is the standard. In fact, the same pattern applies for most declensions as well, with the appropriate suffix only being applied once at the end (and not for every word throughout).

These books are very precious to us.
 
.بۇ كىتابلار بىز ئۈچۈن تولىمۇ قىممەتلىك
.بۇ كىتابلار بىزگە تولىمۇ قىممەتلىك

those girls over there
ئاشۇ قىزلار

these books
بۇ كىتابلار

I bought these medications for my father.
.بۇ دورىلارنى ئاتامغا سېتىۋالدىم


References

  1. Personal research/experience
  2. Frederick De Jong, "A Grammar of Modern Uyghur". Houtsma Stichting: Utrecht, 2007. (p. 72)