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Re: Senyecan nouns (for Doug Dee)

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 27, 2004, 2:12
--- In, Doug Dee <AmateurLinguist@A...> wrote:

>Another gender-related question: how do you deal with mixed groups, >like "The woman and the centaur are (both) angry"? Which form >of "angry" would be used, given that "woman" and "centaur" are in >different classes?
Rule 184 in the Senyecan grammar: A predicate adjective when qualifying more than one substantive, agrees in gender, number, and case with the nearest substantive. sun göénun søn µiréšöøncöe méløn nésa. the woman the centaur-and angry they-are. Rule 183 is similar: An attributive adjective qualifying several nouns agrees with the nearest and is understood with the rest. sen ðévaÞen éšöen réðuncöe nufóóla. the injured horse rider-and they-fall. What I find interesting is the use of the personal pronoun prefix on the verb. In these examples the subjects have been loquent beings in the u-class. If the subject is of another class, the appropiate personal pronoun prefix must be used. søn µiréšöøn nøfóóla. sin aabélin nifóóla. the centaur he-falls. the appletree it-falls. This was not evident in the example above because the verb began with a vowel. In this case, the vowel of the personal pronoun prefix is not used. nu-fóól-a, but n-és-a. he-fall-IND he-is-IND Thanks for the question. You're keeping me on my toes. And at 63, that's not always easy!! Charlie