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Re: White Wolf Language-Butchery (was: Chinese/japanese Pronounciation)

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Thursday, May 2, 2002, 6:24
Philip Newton wrote:
>Date: Wed, 1 May 2002 19:02:49 +0200 > >On 1 May 02, at 11:34, Steg Belsky wrote: > > > And when it comes to the Ahl-i-Batin from Mage, i have no idea what that > > medial |-i-| could be... > >Looks a bit to me like what happens in Persian or some Afghan >languages. I'm not sure of the function of that particle, but there are >words (such as place names e.g. Mazar-i-Sharif) which have -i- or -e- >in the middle. >
I'm no indoiranianist, but IIRC it indicates that the first word is owned or otherwise asociated with the second - _Dasht-e Lot_ it the "desert (dasht) of salt (lot)", _Mazar-i-Sharif_ is the "mazar of the Sharif" (whatever that means - some little voice in my head says that _mazar_ means "tomb", but that may be wrong). It's a sort of negative genitive (marking the ownee rather than the owner). Andreas _________________________________________________________________ Chat with friends online, try MSN Messenger:


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