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Phrase Level Analysis

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The verb phrase in Rabha has a very straightforward structure and may consist of just the verb root (which may be simple, compound or derived) or may have one or more of the inflectional affixes. The inflectional affixes typically form the outer layer of the verb formation, the inner layer being the derivational affixes. The inflectional affixes, in various combinations, effect a wide range of semantic nuances of tense, mood and aspect. The pronouns do not form a separate class different from the nouns, as far as affixal morphology is concerned, except for very minor differences and some morphophonemic alternations. The personal pronouns have special plural formations. Rabha makes a distinction between human and non-human pronouns in the third person plural, which is a feature of Rabha for plural formations in general.

Keywords: inflectional affixes; morphophonemic alternations; Rabha; verb phrase



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