A Grammar of Mani by G. Tucker Childs

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The proposed analysis would see the vocalization of the nasal part of a prenasalized stop as a consequence of its initial position. The forms in (20), however, suggest their rather prosaic diachronic origin, as reduced forms of earlier CV morphemes, respectively, ma the noun class marker and m{) the 2SG pronoun. Further bolstering such an analysis are the distributional facts characterizing the emphatic marker. A revealing alternation appears between the emphatic marker /n/ in initial position and in final position (see 12 for discussion of its 3.

Eya k, "b foe ~p yom{), They (Sunjata's troops) said, "If God agrees, by cape ugba[{) ka 1JSa1)gbo1) kaki, when we start (to use) the sword here in Nsangbon, f{) si b b t{)k, ko mataka1) ko eyek ". " (Morlaye Boyo 5/15/05, jd 6/1 0/05) Childs 2007 contains the complete text of Morlaye Boyo's story. One excerpt appears as part of the frontispiece of this book and a segment can be found in Appendix 2: Pedagogical materials, "Tomro and the hippopotamus", p. 244. , ancestor worship, where the language is most likely to be preserved.

These characteristics were dramatically evident in the (lack of) these speakers' control of the rather complicated noun class system (characterized in some detail in Chapter 6). Lexical "errors" were not limited to familial relations, as discussed above. For example, one speaker gave the form nar 'cow' when asked for the word for 'elephant'; the best most of the other speakers could do was give the Soso word "sill". The closely related language Kisi has kamaa and Temne has ara1Jk, so 'elephant' is not a word unknown in the group.

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