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G. g. g. g. Ïl Â1''µRQHZKRWDSV palm wine¶ from lÂ1Ä'' ''''µWDSSDOPZLQH¶. Some examples of deverbatives are listed below under the different noun prefixes along with the corresponding verb root. The verbs from which the nouns are derived are presented in the imperative form since this is the least inflected form of the verb in the language (as we will see in chapter 7, imperatives are marked by a high tone but in terms of segmental morphology, the imperative is the least inflected form). 34 A.

H. i. " ³WDSSDOPZLQH´ ³KHDOWUHDWGLVHDVH´ ³send´ ³get old´ In the formation of deverbatives in Bafut, it is not often easy to attribute a particular meaning to a specific prefix. Thus for instance, the prefix d" can denote the instrument with which an action is carried out, the ultimate result of some action, the abstract idea expressed by the verb, a state, etc. It is also not evident, in the formation of deverbatives, what determines the noun class prefix which a particular verb root takes.

As we notice, there is variation in the forms of the concord consonants. In fact, only classes 7 and 9 have a unique concord consonant. For a comment on this variation, see paragraph after table IX which presents the full forms of the demonstrative pronouns. The following sentences illustrate the use of simple demonstrative pronouns which stand for nouns belonging in classes 1, 2, 5 and 6. The figures in the glosses indicate the noun classes. (12) a. 0i1i*Â# is 1-good ³7KLVRQHQHDUPHLVDQLFHRQH´ b.

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