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.
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