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# Re: Ordinal (and other numerical) adverbs

From: Carsten Becker Wednesday, February 27, 2008, 22:00
Hi,

First off, from the preliminary grammar of Ayeri:

| 4.3.2.2. Ordinals
| ˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉ
| The ordinal numbers are formed by nominalisation, that is,
| the suffix -an is added at the end. Indeed the number word
| now behaves like a noun.
|
| 0th *dyān     9th   veyān
| 1st menan     10₁₀th malan
| 2nd saman     11th  taman
| 3rd kayan     12th  malanan
| 4th yan       13th  maleman
| 5th iran      14th  mesangan
| 6th miyan     15th  manayan
| 7th itan      16th  magosan
| 8th henan
|
| This is applicable without further exceptions to all other
| numbers as well.
|
| 4.3.2.3. Multiplicatives
| ˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉ
| Instead of saying X times Y, Ayeri uses a special
| multiplicative form of numbers, which is expressed by
| adding the suffix -(t)ay. The irregularity here is that
| the "t" often assimilates to both the point of
| articulation and the voicedness of the preceding
consonant.
| Among the numbers from 0 to 16, there may be further
| irregularities. You get the following list accordingly:
|
| 0 dyatay      9   veyatay
| 1 mengay      10₁₀ maltay
| 2 sambay      11  tambay
| 3 kagay       12  malantay
| 4 yoday       13  malembay
| 5 irakay      14  mesangay
| 6 m(i)yetay   15  mangkay
| 7 itay        16  magotay
| 8 hentay
|
| The derivational suffixes for the multiples of 12 as
| follows: -latay, -singay, -yatay, -kanday.

I think the following sentences might be solved like this
accordingly:

Matahaniya ang Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>:

> Mi manĝis trie. > I ate thirdly. = eating was the third in my seq. of > actions
Makondyang kayanyam. PST-eat-1s.AGT third-BEN
> Mi manĝis trifoje. > I ate three times.
Makondyang kagay. PST-eat-1s.AGT three_times
> Mi manĝis triafoje. > I ate for the third time.
Like the first sentence, i.e. 'Makondyang kayanyam.' Kind Regards Carsten -- Tenena, Kardaying 20, 2317 ya 11:09:26 pd Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 10:42:58 pm