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Pronouns are always declined as members of the gender of the antecedent. In practice, this means that for normal use, especially first person, it's almost always human. In some poetic contexts, one might use animal, for example, to report the words of an anthropomorphic dog, or supernatural for the Word of God.
The unmarked pronouns are the most common; one does not generally use either informal or formal except in special contexts. Even a king would only use formal pronouns in a public context, and most people would use informal only around the house or with an audience of exclusively friends.
There is also a suffix which makes the informal pronouns intimate, but it is seen very rarely. Only the closest of friends, or people who were seriously romantically involved, would use it. If you call someone shi:cha, you'd better be damn sure of yourself.
Last modified 5 February 1998