Re: An Excercise
|From:||Kristian Jensen <kljensen@...>|
|Date:||Friday, November 5, 1999, 15:10|
Carlos Eugenio Thompson wrote:
>Don Blaheta wrote:
>>-m/-t singular (elided if possessive is present)
>>-be "tool for"
>>-tu verb, specific and intentional action
>>-si verb, ongoing or passive action
>>Definitely some gender stuff going on here; some words take "no-"
>>and "-m" while others take "so-" and "-t"; of these, most M
>>declension words take possessives in -gi, while most T declension
>>words take -no possessives (with exceptions in both directions).
>Well there is a gender system: -m for animate and -t for inanimate with
>respective plurals in no- and so-; where animate include animals, =people,
>body parts and concepts like soul.
>-gi: inalienable possessive
>-no: alienable possessive
>After body parts and some relationships like father/mother/son/doughter =are
>inalienable, those -m words use the
>-gi possessive, while things are alienable and inanimate:
> Exceptions: wife (you can marry and divorce) and animals (you can =buy,
>steal or sell) are animate but alienable. Name, by other hand, is
>inalienable and inanimate.
Since only you guys did that little excercise I posted last Wednesday,=20
I'll suffice to say that Don got everything right although Carlos=20
is more accurate in identifying the alienable/inalienable distinction=20
in possessives. I myself would call the verbal markers -tu and -si as=20
volitional and non-volitional markers.
If I get any more interesting excercises from my lessons, I'll post=20
them again if anyone is interested.