The Mafulu eBook

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2.  The genitive is expressed by means of the possessive adjective.

Ex. ovo’u ma, hair of the pig, lit. pig his hair.

3.  Persons belonging to a place sometimes omit the adjective.

Ex. A Kotsi, a man of Kotsi; An’Alol’, a man of Alole; Alol’ amu, a woman of Alole; Ambov’amu, a woman of Ambove; Tseluku ul’ akeda, men of Tseluku.

4.  Position in a place, or motion to or from a place is shown in the following ways.  When the noun has a shortened for _-tsi_ is suffixed.  If there is no short form the final e of the noun is changed to i and _-tsi_ is added.

Ex. nani etsi ando, I am in the house; nuni bulitsi gatsi, thou wilt go to the garden; naga Mambutsi l’a tela, I have come here from Mambo.

Note (1).  Some proper names of places do not take the suffix _-tsi._ Ex. amul’ Alol’ itatsi, the woman will sleep at Alole.

(2).  Other proper names, especially those of mountains and the villages built on them, take the suffix _-tu_ (upon) instead of _-tsi._ Ex. Falitu gatsi, I will go to Faliba, lit.  I will go upon Faliba.

IV.  Interrogative Nouns.

The noun in Fuyuge has a special form to indicate the interrogative.  If the noun ends in e, this vowel is changed to a. If already ending in a, the a takes a strong accent.  To any other vowel ending a is added.

Ex. ovo(le) pig:  interrog. ovola? is it a pig?

bulomakao, cow, &c.:  interrog. bulomakaoa? is it a cow?

kuku, tobacco:  interrog. kukua? is it tobacco?

kupa, sweet potato:  interrog. kupa? is it a sweet potato?

V. Demonstrative Nouns.

These are similar to the Interrogative Nouns and are formed by the addition of the syllables _-aua, -ana,_ or _-ala_ instead of a. This form is both affirmative and interrogative.

Ex. oyand’ aua? is it a flower? or, it is a flower.

Tayov’ aua, it is Tayo; kuku aua, it is tobacco; an’ ala, it is a man; Ambov’ ana, it is Ambo.


I. Adjectives have no Gender.  In the expression of Case, Interrogative and Demonstrative forms they are the same as Nouns.

Ex. a baibe, amu baibe, man tall, woman tall; uli baibitsi mau, pot big-in put it, put it in the big pot; ifana? is it good? ifan’ ala, it is good.

II.  Adjectives of Quality.

1.  Number.

Number is expressed as with nouns by changing e to i. Some adjectives in _-a_ add i. There are no adjectives with the plural in _-a._ Some adjectives in _-a(ne)_ have the plural _-ai._

Ex. kakava(ne) strong, plur. kakavani; safa(le), plur. safa(li); isosonga, idle, plur. isosongai; aka(ne) small, plur. akai.

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