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Re: Mandatory possession

From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Saturday, October 9, 1999, 23:30
Mathias <Lassailly@...> wrote:

> note also that "my" can be expressed with "i have" : > ku-kor ku-nupe ku-nukar rusuy > i-have i-brother i-see want > i want to see my brother
Question: is Ainu regularly SOV, and does it place subordinate clauses before their heads, like Japanese? That would account for 'I have' meaning 'my'; 'my brother' would be 'the brother that I have'. Except, of course, for the prefix <ku-> also being on the noun. Do you know why _rusuy_ isn't prefixed <ku-> too? Is it a real verb, or something else (like an invariable clitic)? On a personal note, I really like this 'possessive subordinate' stuff. I'm using it on a new language right now... --Pablo Flores