Thalassan Object Suffixes
|From:||Rob Haden <magwich78@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, February 14, 2006, 16:01|
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.
man.sg.acc dog.sg.acc.AND see.ACTIND.1sg. man.sg.nom lead.ACTIND.3sg.3sgO.
"I saw a man and a dog. The man was walking [lit. 'leading'] it."