Paj-Puj: Dropping the <span style="font-family:sans-serif;" >نىڭ</span> in Proper Names

Dropping the نىڭ in Proper Names

خاس ئىسىملاردا «نىڭ»نىڭ چۈشۈپ قېلىشى

When a certain name is attached to a noun to form a proper name, the name will be given first and the noun will come afterwards in its third-person possessive-suffix form.

Uyghur (language)
ئۇيغۇر تىلى

Tarim River
تارىم دەرياسى

Harvard University
ھارۋارد ئۇنىۋېرسىتېتى

Note that adding the genitive suffix here would not result in a proper name but rather in the standard possessor-possessee relationship.

Uyghurs' (or Uyghur's) language
ئۇيغۇرنىڭ تىلى

Tarim's river
تارىمنىڭ دەرياسى

Harvard's university
ھارۋاردنىڭ ئۇنىۋېرسىتېتى


  1. Personal research/experience
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  4. Frederick De Jong, "A Grammar of Modern Uyghur". Houtsma Stichting: Utrecht, 2007. (p. 41-42)
  5. Hämit Tömür, "Modern Uyghur Grammar" (translation by Anne Lee). Yıldız: Istanbul, 2003. (p. 54)
  6. Reinhard F. Hahn, Ablahat Ibrahim, "Spoken Uyghur". University of Washington Press: Seattle, 1991. (p. 137-138)
  7. Д. Ж. Касымова, "Уйгурский язык: Самоучитель". Ғылым: Алматы, 2005. (p. 99-100)