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Re: THEORY: genitive vs. construct case/izafe

From:Thomas Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 27, 2005, 13:49
> (Kind of like Nahuatl nouns that cannot occur "as such" ["naked" if > you will]... there always has to be either an absolutive suffix > [_xochitl_ "flower", stem _xochi_] or a possessive prefix [_toxochi_ > "our flower"] or some sort of plural marking [_xochime_ "flowers"; for > other stems, there may be reduplication instead of a suffix].
This isn't true absolutely. There are a number of words in Nahuatl, such as _to:mi:n_ 'money' which have no absolutive suffix, and they do not change when they are modified by possessor or plural markers. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637