Definitions starting with H

ID #2019

he, 'e

/hiy, hi, iy, i/ pron. [Pan-Creole: cf. i 'he, she, it' in Krio, LA Fr., Port. Guine (Taylor 1977:172); cf. also Brit. dial. Mid, West he 'him, her, it' EDD; few West African languages have pronominal gender distinction: cf. Mende i or ii 'he, she, it' KED]

1. him: 1966 He kicked he (Crowley 66). cf. um (Black)

2. his: 1966 He sort he stuffs (Crowley 50). cf. HIM 2 (Black) -

3. she: 1918 E name ol Aun' Sally Bunch (Parsons 115). 1966 Ma take up more food, he gi' um (Crowley 68). cf. Him (Black)

4. her: 1888 In the use of the words "he", "she", "him" and "her" the pure Africans jumble the genders (Powles 155). 1966 Give the little goil he food (Crowley 51). cf. HIS, mkt (Black)

5. it: 1966 "If you know what we considering about you, you consider too." Booky say, "What he is?" (Crowley 64). cf. HIM 5 (Black)

6. they: 1918 After he [they] finish beatin' him, dey let him go (Parsons 142).

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Last update: 2010-10-02 19:00
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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