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M-árá eat-NEG ‘Don’t eatǃ’ (79) a. [ʔ 1SG=eat-exist-REAL k] *[ ʔ k] kʼé-ə remain-STI m-â eat-INF ‘to eat/eating’ In my data: tsʼyākn̄ ‘ashes’; ākā (vocative ákǹ) ‘grandfather’; ʃikʼ ‘be short’; um/ m– ‘eat’, byārn̄ ‘tomorrow’; hāʂkn̄ ‘be wide’; ōrkʼǹ ‘peelings’ (gōpʼārà ‘bark’); kūbm̄ ‘four’; ʂúb ‘die’; tʃʼír–ń–s ‘green’ (tʃʼír ‘be wet, unripe, fresh (maize)’). e. a verb root plus nominal suffixes. 2.

For instance, an Irrealis form can be rendered only with a deontic modal verb form (should), whereas other modal values (could, would) as well as habitual and generic also fall within the scope of the Irrealis. In the glosses, Sheko names are generally represented in the Sheko orthography, unless a well-known English equivalent exist. Thus, ʂókú is 44 glossed S’oku. In the translation and running text I use , as that name is common in the literature. The Sheko alphabet is presented in Appendix B.

3 Geminated consonants Geminated consonants are rare, except in emphatic expressions such as ideophones (2) and elatives (3). e. it codes intensity), but hardly any lexical load. (2) dóddo ‘very red’ óʃʃoʃ ‘look intently’ (3) ke̋tta ‘all’ ne̋ʃʃā ‘very firmly’ cf. kéta ‘all’ cf. nèʃā ‘firmly’ A few adverbs (4) have a geminated consonant. Two nouns vary in pronunciation between a single and geminated consonant (5). 4 Series to substantiate phonemic status This section presents data to indicate the phonemic status of the consonants given above.

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