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Reflexives in Watakassí

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Sunday, June 25, 2000, 6:03
Earlier, I'd stated that pronouns "agree" with their antecedent's case,
as well as carrying a case for their function.  However, I've never
completely liked that, yet I did want a way to distinguish proximate and
obviate pronouns without actually creating separate pronouns.  But, I
did have a prefix _dii-_ indicating "one's own", derived from Common
Kassí (CK) degë-.  Well, I suddenly realized today as I was letting my
mind wander how I would solve the problem.  Free pronouns are derived
from CK tárë (soul) plus genitive clitics (and subsequently contracted
to two syllables where necessary).  So, in CK, I figured the form
_degëtárë_ could exist, which would give Watakassí _diitál_, which could
be used as a reflexive pronoun in forms like "He gave himself a book",
_Flabílnaka DIITÁLaz wífkal_, Past-give-3rdSNS-he oneself-dative G6-book
(NS = Non-Sentient; absolutive agreement), in a sentence like "He fed
his dog", if both refer to the same individual, then the prefix dii- is
used (Fluupatílnaka kiDIIdágu; Past-feed-3rdSNS-he G4-one's.own-dog); if
different individuals, genitive clitics are used (Fluupatílnaka
kidágumaN; Past-feed-3rdSNS-he G4-dog-his)

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