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Adverbs

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As in many other Semitic languages, there is no productive means for deriving adverbs in Jibbali. In some places where one can find an adverb in English, Jibbali employs a prepositional phrase. Although there is no means for deriving adverbs in Jibbali, there are a significant number of lexical adverbs. In this chapter, adverbs are organized according to type, including both lexical adverbs and other prepositional phrases functioning as adverbs. The demonstrative adverb bun can occasionally be used in an existential way. The numerous words for the far demonstrative adverb 'there' are rather complicated, as there seems to be dialectal factors governing the use of at least some of these words. The forms ṭɛ́nu, ṭɔ́hun, and ṭɔ́kun are obviously parallel in form to the demonstrative pronouns ðɛ́nu, ðɔ́hun, and ðɔ́kun. The adverb 'very (much)' is bē. It can be used in conjunction with adjectives.

Keywords: demonstrative adverbs; demonstrative pronouns; Jibbali; prepositional phrase; semitic languages

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