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Re: VMs: RE: zara

On Tuesday 26 October 2004 13:37, Koontz John E wrote:
> Another source correlation that could arise would be gender marking.  For
> example, if nouns ending in a given gender marker are followed by verbs
> beginning with a corresponding subject-gender marker.  I don't have a
> specific example in mind.  The cases I know of where third person gender
> marking occurs in verbs and verbs involve prefixal noun and verb marking,
> e.g., in Niger-Congo languages, or suffixal noun and verb marking, e.g.,
> Afroasiatic.  In such cases you don't get the gender markings adjacent.

In Afroasiatic some tenses (imperfect in Ancient Hebrew, future in Modern 
Hebrew (which uses the progressive as present)) have a prefix conjugation.

hana`ar yo'khal - the boy eats
hana`arah to'khal - the girl eats

But the original word order, still common in Hebrew, is VSO, so the beginning 
of one word matches the end of the next.

li ze te'a ci vu'u ci bi'e te'a mu du
li ci su'i ze te'a mu bi'e vu'u ci
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