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Offline `Eylan Ayfalulukanä

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Re: 'to' with the genitive?
« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2016, 12:28:09 am »
I agree with the analysis ot Tìtstewan, Plumps and Blue Elf. Although pum is kind of repetitive, it is necessary as we understand the grammar of the language. Naʼvi is generally meant to be a concise language, and to that end, dropping pronouns happens quite a bit. But not so much other kinds of nouns.

Pum is always optional in the sense that you can always choose to use the original noun again. In the case of a short word like paʼli, I would be more inclined to simply use paʼli twice, rather than use pum. But both are correct-- and the use of one or the other is necessary.

The use of the topical is interesting. I'm wondering if you can just say Paʼliri because the subject is direhorses, or if you have to explicitly pluralize, e.g. meFaʼliri

What's interesting is all of these examples make good sense, especially to an English speaker.

In any case, a good question for K. Pawl!

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Re: 'to' with the genitive?
« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2016, 02:21:17 pm »
...and all this began as a one-moment joke, how a single letter "ä" can change the meaning.  ;D
even joke is worth of deep grammar analysis ;D
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