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Re: Thalassan Possessive Suffixes

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 14, 2006, 16:00
Quoting Rob Haden <magwich78@...>:

> Hey guys, > > So I've been mulling over whether or not to put possessive suffixes in my > language, Thalassan. I think it's a really nice feature to have, given my > preferences for agglutination and inflection. :) The problem was, how do I > make the forms (relatively) unambiguous? Well, I think I've found a > solution: simply treat the possessive suffixes as coming from encliticized > genitives. Without further ado, here are the new Thalassan possessive > suffixes: > > 1sg -mis < *mi-s > 2sg -this < *thi-s > 3sg -sjas < *sja-s > 1pl -ntas < *mit-as > 2pl -tthas < *thit-as > 3pl -stas < *sjat-as > > Since the possessive suffixes are formally enclitic in nature, they follow > both number and case. For example, _qavanmis_ ['qa.vam.mis] means 'my dog > (nom.)', while _qaununmis_ ['qau.num.mis] means 'my dog (acc.)', and > _qaunatunmis_ ['] means 'my dogs (acc.)'. (Notice the > homorganic nasal assimilation.)
This is a pielang, isn't it? Anyway, I like the suffixes. I do wonder, tho, whether the sound-changes in the pl forms are regular - the loss of the second-to-last vowel seems a tad odd. Andreas


Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>