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By George van Driem

ISBN-10: 3110112825

ISBN-13: 9783110112825

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Grandchild'; sya 'uncooked rice', sa 'meat'; kzbyarjsi 'your rice terraces', kcbaQsi 'he sent youP'. l taba 'he's on h i s 'game'; tuaba 'forehead', way'. l 'silent'. Distinctivity of the three nasal phonemes, /m/, /η/ and /η/, is illustrated by the following minimal pairs: /m/ - /η/: yum 'salt', yu/j 'sits'; lim 'tastes sweet', lit) 'thatching; grows; begins to shine'; nim 'ant, termite', nilj 'poison'; tim 'fills up', ti-η 'thorn'; sim 'woman's dress', siij 'wood'; him 'house', hirj 'survives'.

Hen co'kma? alio? - thi' dhuijma?. - What to do now? - Drink millet beer. 5. - an ige hcri dzo· - pe-km? bo· η. The orthography kma?? - What shall weP e do? - It's time [for youP] to go. myao bhcnta bhitra akm7 ρο·η. m aQga co'guq bi ne thcbae', khcne? go·! / /pO'J}/ /ρί·ηε/ - Having roasted that too, [I'll] have to put it inside the eggplant. I'll make it and give it to you, grandpa, for you! The nasal of the word khtrj 'that' often dissimulates when combined with the postpositive particle -aij 'also' to yield khenao, as in the preceding example.

The fact that the luAgl has now been sewn together at the seam) looks good on that luAgl'. The definite article when attached to any derivational suffix ending in -a, eg. naba, is realized as /-n/ and fronts the -a to -ε in the preceding suffix, eg. naben 'wristwatch', even in those derivatives in which the ending has to some extent coalesced with the stem, eg. na]. 4. Case (29) kc-yuQ-bc-n and postpositions 37 e*n? AP-sit-AP-ABS who Who's that sitting [there]? (30) yai)sarumbc-n4 la'ks-c-i* ? thirdJjorn-ABS dance-PT-Q Did third-born dance?

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