In describing most languages we can gloss the personal pronouns with English pronouns such as "I," "you," "he," and "we." However, it's not possible to do this with all languages. For example, in many languages, the third person singular pronoun is epicine. Other languages have third person pronouns that convey information about spatial deixis or animacy. Hence glosses such as "s/he/it.ANIMATE.DISTAL," "it.INANIMATE.PROXIMAL," and so on. While glosses like these are possible, they are also a bit clunky and Anglocentric. Would glosses such as the following be acceptable?
or is there a more common way?
I want to avoid using just 1, 2, 3, 3ANIM.PROX because they may resemble glosses for verbal inflections too closely, even if they are easier to read.
Any suggestions would be appreciated!