|From:||Pavel A. da Mek <pavel.adamek@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, April 24, 2001, 12:16|
> There is no grammatical gender.
> we- (3rd person human) he, she, they; this, that, these, those;
> ye- (3rd person animate) "he", "she", it, they; this, that etc.;
> The animate definitive...
> If used with a noun denoting a human being the sense is derogatory
The saprutum-speaking comunity in Mekhtyland uses a dialect, where:
- "ye" used for a human being is not derogatory
- "we" is used only for male beings,
- "#e" is used for female beings.
> Plural - ?admuwum (n.), ?adma?am [dial. ?admaham] (a.), ?admiyim (dg.)
In their dialect, the acc. pl. is "?adma#am".
> kalbu.#animum - a sheep-dog;
> kalbu-#anmim - a sheep's dog (!) This would mean not a sheep-dog,
> but a dog that belonged to or was associated with some particular
> (unspecified) sheep (unlikely as that is)
> Finally while kalbu-?admim is a person's dog,
> kalbu.?adimum is a werwolf!!
They said that
"kalbu.?adimum" is a dog trained to catch men, while
a werwolf is "?admu.kalbum".
> -a perfect - implies completed action
> -u imperfect - implies action in progress
I would prefer
open vowel "a" for open (imperfect) action
and closed vowel "u" for closed (perfect) action.