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By George van Driem

ISBN-10: 3110112825

ISBN-13: 9783110112825

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4. Case (29) kc-yuQ-bc-n and postpositions 37 e*n? AP-sit-AP-ABS who Who's that sitting [there]? (30) yai)sarumbc-n4 la'ks-c-i* ? thirdJjorn-ABS dance-PT-Q Did third-born dance? (31) sarumba torc-bc-n a'tto' pcg-c? second^born guest-NOM-ABS where go-PT Where did the second-born »ale guest go to? (32) yumlakpz-n ha-tjd-e-i· mc-ha' qd-c-n-ni· ? acär-ABS beJiot-PT-Q NEG-beJiot-PT-NEG-Q Is the acär spicy hot or isn't it? (33) ande'-vc-n cur-c-i·? before-NOM-ABS end-PT-Q Did the one from before finish yet?

In my experience, retention ten is highest among kappo·baha? 4. Case and postpositions Case endings and postpositions are suffixed to nouns. ο·>. 1. Absolutive The absolutive case marks the subject of an intransitive or reflexive verb, the patient of a transitive verb and one of the two nominal arguments in a copulative syntagm with suffixal 'to be 1 . in> when definite, eg. an yuktuq 'I mounted a/the horse 1 , annin yukturj 'I mounted the horse 1 , mana ho-p-pa (man notJje-IPF) 'There isn't anybody', mana--n ho'p-pa (man-ABS not w be-IPF) 'The man's not there', but cum mana-'η ho-p-pa 'There's not a friend here'.

Mede· A man came. /Some men came. /A number of men came. sapla sapla There is a book. /The books are there. /There are various pieces of writing. wa· mewa· saplaha? mewa The use of the plural suffix to indicate manifoldness is well illustrated by the pluralization of proper names or kinship terms which do not have plural referents in the strict sense. 30 (14) 2. Nominal morphology Prabhu Ra-m-ha? khcttho· Prabhu Ram-ρ ya-mbok up^there work (lit. The Prabhu Räms mc-dzo·g-u. ) 'Prabhu Räm and those like him (viz.

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