Particle "in" with nouns
j.kremers at let.kun.nl
Fri May 25 11:16:34 UTC 2001
i have a question about a small point concerning Nahuatl grammar. my own
knowledge of Nahuatl is still rudimentary, and the grammars i have do not
seem to give an answer. hopefully someone on the list will be able to help me.
the particle "in" can apparently be used before a noun and as such is
sometimes compared to the definite determiner "the". my question is the
following: can "in" also be used before a possessed noun? e.g.:
a) in inan
b) in ichpocatl in inan
`the girl's mother'
or are these structures to be considered ungrammatical? similarly, can a
demonstrative "inin" or "inon" be used before a possessed noun? e.g.:
c) inin inan
`this mother of his/hers'
i would appreciate any comments you may have.
Joost Kremers, M.A.
University of Nijmegen
Department of Languages and Cultures of the Middle-East
PO Box 9103
6500 HD Nijmegen
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