A Grammar of Mina by Frajzyngier, Zygmunt; Johnston, Eric

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These two classes represent inherent adjectives. The third type is similar to nouns with respect to its attributive and predicative functions. To this class belong many property concepts derived through the suffix -ek: kwedek 'white', güzek 'red' (covers the 44 The structure of the noun phrase range of red, orange, yellow, brown), cfelek 'green, blue'. g. about a cloud-covered sky), kuloh 'gray'. The adjective nek 'good' appears to be one of those derived forms. We do not, however, have independently attested base forms without the ending -ek.

Modifying constructions 41 means. The present section is organized according to the class of the modifier, and this in turn is determined by the coding means required for its use. 1 Property concept -words There are three classes of lexical items that are referred to as "property concept words" in the present work. , they have an inherent modifying function. All classes of property concept words follow the heads they modify. For all classes the head and modifier are one phrase, as evidenced by the phonological changes on the head noun, viz.

However, it should be remembered that not every phonetic vowel represents an instantiation of the identical underlying vowel. Many instances of phonetic vowels represent the products of the application of various phonological rules. 2 Rightward vowel fronting If a back vowel suffix follows a front mid or high vowel, with a consonant in between, the back vowel is fronted by the rule: (42) V -» [+front] /V[+front]C- . For the vowel a the nearest front vowel is [e]: (43) ber-ά sell-GO -» [bere] (44) llm-a see-GO -*· [lime] (45) ί ko llm-a 3PL INF see-GO 'they saw us' (46) sa ber-ά-Υ) fad-nay 1SG sell-GO-3SG cow-lSG Ί will not sell him my cow' nam 1DU ζά -*[ί ks lim-e] EE sk -» [ss ber-e-rj] NEG 3.

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