Niwa

2010-Dec-13, Monday 23:32
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The past 5 days I've been working on Niwa (from "something newer"), which has evidentials and noun classes. Except for the noun modifiers, there's no agreement*; verbs takes clitic pronominals instead of affixes, so if a phrase is present there's no person marked. The tense (a clause-initial particle), evidential, and subject are omitted if the same as the preceding clause and the verb has inverse forms. The verb is inflected using stem-change for aspect (perfective, iterative, progressive, and habitual), while the tense particle distinguishes definite/absolute time from indefinite/relative time.

* Agreement is actually by animacy and number; each noun class belongs to one of these combinations. Also, 3rd person object pronominals distinguish animacy as well as number.

BTW I didn't get to the library book sale this year due to being sick.

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