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The prefix imma- is typified by events in which the subject is affected by the action that he brings about, events in which the Initiator and the Endpoint are the same entity. imma- and ba- are both middle voice markers-the difference between the two is a matter of both degree and type. Analogous to the cross linguistically observed differences between reflexive and reciprocal markers-the reciprocal and reflexive, of course, being sub-domains of the middle-imma-, the phonologically heavier of the two, iconically conveys more meaning than its counterpart ba-. Central to an understanding of the meaning and function of imma- is the notion of granularity and the elaboration of events. This chapter presents examples of immi- functioning with the same range as imma-.

Keywords:ba-; conjugation prefix; imma-; immi-



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