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Additional info for A Grammar of Limbu (Mouton Grammar Library)
Unless the syllables have been separated by hyphens. Chapter Two Nominal Morphology This chapter is devoted to nominals which comprise the parts of speech: adjectives, pronouns and nouns. Adjectives, including verbal adjectives, may be adnominal, predicative or occur independently as nominal heads. When adjectives are used independently, they take all the case and number suffixes nouns take. 1. 2. Nouns and parts of speech used as nominal heads may be dualized and pluralized and take case endings.
Hen', va· 'there is'. /p/ - 0: sapma? 'write', sama? tn Ί won't quarrel'; lup 'leech', lu 'well'; ho'pma? 'burst open', ho'ma? 'bark'. l 10 1. Phonology and phonetics 'it'll get mixed', pu 'bird'; arjghotncn 'we'reP* not 1 hoarse', aTjgho'nzn 'we'reP not going to utter incantations'; mcma-tncn 'it won't get used up', mcma-ncn 'it won't get lost'. /k/ - 0: scndik 'night', scndi 'good-bye (lpi/ADH)'; phak 'swine'; pha 'bamboo'; ko'kma? 'prop up', ko'ma? 'stand guard'; O'kma? 'cry', o-ma? 'drool'; ya-k 'gift', (kcmik) ya· '(you'll) be horrified'.
Noun which tore·be-n. warekpe-n. your s -mouth agape-ABS Your mouth is agape. Because the absolutive marks both patients and subjects, the absolutive case of the word yaij 'money' shows agreement with both the transitive and the intransitive verb in the following syntagm. This reflects the ergative structure of Limbu case marking and contrasts it to nominative-accusative case assignment systems whereby a subject of a compound sentence can be in the nominative to show agreement with both an intransitive and a transitive verb when it is the agentive actant of the latter.