A Generative Grammar of Afar by Loren Bliese

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S4 .............. -t by a'nu I akri 'ye-m read akri 'ye-em-it bar't-e-m know learn a-aei'ge-m me'ce I Pead-nom-by I leaPn-pePf-nom I,impf-know-nom good That I know that I learned by reading is good. The following sentence shows a sentence expansion of the direct object of a transitive matrix verb. sl 'usuk na'nu we he yaaai 'ge -------......... Postp phr digir'na-m NP~S r--_ NP he knows we play Postp ~~-~I we yab'na-am-at we talk na'nu 'usuk na'nu yab'na-am-at di 1 gir- 1 n-a-m he we y-aaai'ge say-we-nom-by play-we-impf-nom he-knows He knows that we play by talking.

El' le iy- 1 y-e-h sug-'e saa'cat-al (John 4:53) at say-he-perf-part had-he,perf hour-at at the hour at which he said (or a 1 tu a'nu a'kah el 1 le) ge'El-e t-a-aei 1 ge bu'Ela you I about (or to) go-I,perf village you-impf-know You know about the village to which I went. 2 below). 1 usuk he 1 1 wokke- l ken 1 l uk daffe 1 ye-h s i 1 nam that-place-at them with he sat-having people 1 el le acim'miduk su 1 ge (John 3:22) there baptising he was Having stayed at that place he was baptising people there.

Irregular ( 11 stative 11 ) verbs in relatives have only the basic form of third person singular no matter what person or number the head noun may happen to be. ) If a predicate noun complement is the head of a relative with a pronoun subject, the verb agrees only with that noun irregardless of the person and number of the coreferential subject. For example, a vocative noun which is the head of a relative does not have second but third person agreement, unlike English (see Mat. 6:9, and see I Cor.

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