The element nu—sometimes reduced to a nasal m, n, ng, etc.—is often inserted between the two elements of a compound in Pamona (Bare’e). Adriani relates this nu to anu ‘thing,’ a form which in various languages also serves as a formative in independent possessive pronouns (‘mine,’ ‘yours,’ etc.), as an indefinite pronoun, as a relative pronoun, and as an interrogative pronoun. According to the author, nu also bears relationships to the so-called ligazones of Philippine languages, and even to the nasal coda of the Malayo-Polynesian transitive verb prefix. The element nu (or one of the nasal allomorphs) is usual in most Bare’e compounds; compounds without nu reflect an older stage of the language.
Sulang Language Data and Working Papers: Translations from the Dutch
Sulawesi Language Alliance
Pamona, Tagalog, Visayan, Ibanag, Sangir
pmf, tgl, ceb, ibg, sxn
Adriani, N. 1897. Over het tusschenzetsel in het Baree en eenige verwante talen. Tijdschrift voor Indische Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 39:496–510. Original pagination is indicated by enclosing the page number in brackets, e.g. [p. 496].
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