Re: Senyecan nouns (for Doug Dee)
|Date:||Wednesday, October 27, 2004, 2:12|
--- In email@example.com, 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
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 µiréöøncöe 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 éöen 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
If the subject is of another class, the appropiate personal pronoun
prefix must be used.
søn µiréöøn 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
nu-fóól-a, but n-és-a.
Thanks for the question. You're keeping me on my toes. And at 63,
that's not always easy!!