Another Inflectional Puzzle
|From:||Joseph Fatula <joefatula@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, August 12, 2007, 21:16|
Last time we looked at how nouns change from agent sg. to patient sg.
This time, we'll look at the same set of nouns, but changing from
singular to plural (staying in the agent case).
All of these changes are entirely regular and predictable.
Examples (singular, then plural)
maruwi > pizini
kiru > ampazi
antiki > yimpa
yunta > alzigi
talzu > bazhu
nantuva > bizhitu
piti > mawa
sazhinu > buntuvi
miruzhi > mizintu
shizu > ampuzu
tazha > bartu
murta > figa
kinga > amparpi
ankari > arkiri
As before, all syllables in this language are phonemically CV. A word
like "antiki" is really /nti ki/, but with a prothetic [a]. Consonant
clusters like "mp" or "rt" are considered single consonants.
Any guesses as to the plural forms of these words?
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