A Grammar of Kambera by Marian Klamer PDF

By Marian Klamer

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In (26) below, illustrations are given of words with Id or /o/ in the first syllable of their root, followed by /i/ or /u/ in the second syllable. The phonetic forms show that Id and /o/ are neither lowered nor broken in such roots. 2. k bu | nggah ['mbe | ni] ['me | mu] ['po ki] ['ho ndu] [ka | '6i | la | ku] ['ßu | rjga | hu] 'be fierce/angry' 'to show off 'be blind' 'to bind/tie X' 'flash, lightning' 'to open X' Broken vowels must be distinguished from vowel sequences, because the syllabification of words with a sequence of Vj vk is different from words with a broken vowel.

2. Summary of root types In the previous sections we have seen that Kambera has the types of roots as they are summarised in (18a-g). (18a-c) are roots with two vowel positions, while the types in (18d-h) have three vowel positions. The types in (18i-l) are not attested. (18) a. (c)v cv b. nomu (c)VjVk \vai d. (c)v v cv paita e. (c)Vj Vj cv hili [hi:li] f. (C)V CV C(V) g. (C)Vj Vk CV C(V) akat(u) i. * (c)v * pi * u c. yu [yu:] h. \vaindal(u) j. * (c)v cv v * litau * ima: cVjVj (C)Vj Vj Vk C(V) raing(u) [ra:jrju] k.

Prosodically, the reduplicative prefix is an independent foot. Illustrations are given in (47). 'ra:-'ramba] The usual reduplicative form of hi: 'cry' is hi-hi: 'continue to cry' (cf. (46) above). If the reduplicated vowel is lengthened the reduplication has the more emphatic meaning 'continue to cry all the time'. Simple ta-'tata, as in (46), means 'shaking a lot', while 'ta:-'tata, as in (47) means something like 'keep on shaking heavily all the time'. Tatangar(u) means 'watch X for a bit', but 'ta:-'tangar(u) has a more emphatic meaning like 'watch X very intensively, study X'.

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