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By Irina Nikolaeva

The booklet is the 1st tremendous description of Tundra Nenets, a Uralic language spoken in Western Siberia and the north of eu Russia. It offers a long-lasting piece of documentation of this hugely endangered language. For a language as little researched as Nenets, any element of grammar may perhaps end up to be of power value for the sphere of linguistics and switch out to be theoretically not easy.

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Adjectives. 3. g. xībʹa ‘who’ and ŋəmke ‘what’ are formally nouns, although they have certain idiosyncratic properties (see Chapter 12). 2 Nominal derivation There are relatively few nominal derivational affixes; some of them are addressed below. All nominal derivational suffixes are glossed here as N (noun). Nouns 31 The non-productive suffixes -sə- and -na- derive dual and plural nouns from a closed class of kinship terms and other relational nouns denoting humans. g. 1PL) ‘our (respective) fathers’, nʹīsʹa-nə-nʹi ‘my ancestors’.

Pʹa-m-ta ‘his tree (ACC 3SG)’. g. yam ‘sea’ and yam-k°na ‘in the sea (LOC)’. Second, the glottal stops show the following alternations. e. g. toxoq ‘cloth’ vs. toxo-ta (

G. xərwa-bco ‘wish’ (from xərwa‘to want’), xo-bco ‘what can be easily found’ (from xo- ‘to find’), yude-bco ‘dream’ (from yude- to dream’), pəra-bco ‘what can cause burning’ (from pəra- ‘to burn’). These derivational patterns are not productive, but the language has two other fairly productive types of deverbal nominals. The first type is formed by means of the suffixes -sʹəh or -bcʹəh (with phonological variants). g. g. yilʹe-sʹ°h ‘dwelling’ (from yilʹe- ‘to live’), xonʹo-bcʹ°h ‘bed’ (from xonʹo- ‘to sleep’).

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