simple basic grammar question - classical Nahuatl

Michael McCafferty mmccaffe at
Tue Jan 12 15:15:18 UTC 2010

Quoting Elaine Anderson <ela95126 at>:

> Piyalli.
> When a[tl] is possessed, it becomes, for example, "iauh", his water. What
> happens when the possession is modified with an embed? For example -
> If I wanted to render the English phrase "my flowery water" in Nahuatl,
> would it become:
> *noxochia? or *noxochiauh?
> Is there a rule someone can articulate for this?
> Tlazohcamati!

Saludos, Elaine,

"noxochiauh" is correct. The possessed noun -auh 'water' continues to 
function as a possessed noun, whether it is preceded by an embedded 
noun or not.

This help?


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