Ambiguity in Possessive Suffixes

تەۋەلىك قوشۇمچىلىرىدا بولغان مۈجمەللىك

It is worth pointing out that the possessive suffix for the second-person respectful (لىرى) and the possessive suffix for the third-person of a plural noun (لار|لەر + ى = لىرى) are identical. As such, words such as مۈشۈكلىرى are ambiguous - this word can mean both "your cat" and "his/her/their cats". Usually, the possessor will be clear from the context, however.


References

  1. Personal research/experience
  2. 易坤琇, "维吾尔语语法"。中央民族大学出版社: 北京, 1998。 (p. 27)