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3 Nominals, their morphology and derivation

Bruno Olsson


This chapter describes the category of nominals and its subtypes (§3.1). Morphology in the nominal domain is very limited, and most morphological patterns in nouns (§3.2) and adjectives (§3.3) are non-productive. The basic numerals reach to four, and nouns for ‘hand’ and ‘foot’ allow counting up to twenty (§3.4). Possessor marking on kinship terms is irregular and often expressed by suppletive words (§3.5). Compounding, on the other hand, is a productive pattern and serves various purposes (§3.6). The last section describes three types of derived nominals (§3.7).

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