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Re: An Excercise

From:Kristian Jensen <kljensen@...>
Date:Friday, November 5, 1999, 15:10
Carlos Eugenio Thompson wrote:

>Don Blaheta wrote: > >>bound: >>-noka/-gika "my" >>-nosta/-gista "your" >>-m/-t singular (elided if possessive is present) >>no-/so- plural >>-be "tool for" >>-tu verb, specific and intentional action >>-si verb, ongoing or passive action >>-k present >>-lar past >> >> >>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, =
>body parts and concepts like soul. > >-gi: inalienable possessive >-no: alienable possessive > >After body parts and some relationships like father/mother/son/doughter =
>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 =
>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. -kristian- 8)