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Nominal Morphology

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This chapter is devoted to the morphosyntax of nominals, which comprise the following parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, adjectives and numerals. Nouns lack a grammatical gender distinction and show no agreement with articles, adjectives or verbs. Pronouns include personal, demonstrative, interrogative and indefinite pronouns. Adjectives may be used adnominally, predicatively or independently as nominal heads. Nominals may be pluralised and may take case endings. Case endings are suffixes or postpositions attached to the nominal. Two or more case endings may co-occur attached to a single noun when this yields a desired and semantically plausible combination. A number of Lepcha morphemes index grammatical categories which can be combined with constituents of different syntactic status, that is with nouns, with verbs and with entire clauses. The morpheme in question can be shown to express the same invariant meaning.

Keywords: Lepcha numbers; morphosyntax; nominals



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