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Thalassan Object Suffixes

From:Rob Haden <magwich78@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 14, 2006, 16:01
Hey everyone,

I just posted a message about Thalassan's new possessive suffixes.  Well
guess what?  It now has suffixes for object pronouns too!  Yet another nice
feature for a heavily inflecting and agglutinating tongue. :)

Again, the suffixes are formally enclitic, derived from the accusative
forms of the independent pronouns:

1sg -min < *mim ~ *mijam (latter preferred in "classical" usage)
2sg -thin < *thim ~ *thijam (" ")
3sg -sjan < *sjam
1pl -ntun < *mitum
2pl -tthun < *thitum
3pl -stun < *sjatum

In this case, we have a bit of a syntactic issue.  Regarding 3rd-person
direct objects, the object suffixes are only used in an anaphoric sense --
that is, after the direct object has already been explicitly introduced:

Hanrun qaununqin vit'an.  Hanar t'ukhassjan. see.ACTIND.1sg. lead.ACTIND.3sg.3sgO.
"I saw a man and a dog.  The man was walking [lit. 'leading'] it."

- Rob