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Uiama

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Uiama is the language of the Uiama makpo, "the dextrous people".

 

Yahya Abdal-Aziz describes their language and world in the document below. As this is a work in progress, please check back occasionally for updates. The document is at: Discovering Uiama through its Poetry.pdf

Comments (1)

eldin raigmore said

at 10:53 am on Apr 22, 2009

I especially like the persons, genders, grammatical numbers, and semantic roles.

Questions:
Do verbs ever agree with more than one participant?
If a verb is marked to show the semantic role of its subject, that's a voice-marking, right?
Are verbs ever marked to show the semantic role of an object? That'd be kind of an applicative, or dative-movement, or morphological causative, or something, wouldn't it?

I liked uia (masculine, feminine, neuter, any combination thereof, or none of the above); I like pakalama (singular, dual, trial, paucal, plural); I like the numerals system and all the various uses of it (music, geometry, etc.).
And I like the speech-registers and their uses.

Where is semantic role marked? On nouns and pronouns, or on verbs, or both?

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