Pronominal Prefixes I2
Pronominal Prefixes: Intransitive Plural
Next, we replace the singular with the plural prefixes (we, you (pl), they).
|karrire||we go||karriwam||we went||karri- means we (including the hearer), i.e. first-person plural inclusive|
|ngurrire||you (pl) go||ngurriwam||you (pl) went||ngurri- means you (pl), i.e. second-person plural|
|kabirrire||they go||birriwam||they went||birri- means they, i.e. the third-person plural|
Note that when we translate karrire as 'we go', it also means 'we're going', 'let's go', and 'we will go'. (If you find it strange that a verb can indicate present or future tense, just think about these English phrases: we go today, we go next week). Let's see these prefixes again with bidbun and mankan.
|karribidbun||we (incl) climb||karribidbom||we (incl) climbed|
|ngurribidbun||you (pl) climb||ngurribidbom||you (pl) climbed|
|kabirribidbun||they climb||birribidbom||they climbed|
|karrimankan||we (incl) fall||karrimankang||we (incl) fell|
|ngurrimankan||you (pl) fall||ngurrimankang||you (pl) fell|
|kabirrimankan||they fall||birrimankang||they fell|
Note that Kunwok has a special form of the plural which just concerns the case of two people or things. We will cover this case later. For now we'll make the simplifying assumption that any more than one is plural.
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