Mbula Language - Syntax and Word Classes - Verbs and Instrumental Nouns

Verbs and Instrumental Nouns

Verbs and instrumental nouns crossover in that verbs theoretically derived from these nouns appear in an identical form. I.e., there is no overt morphological derivation which might indicate what direction the derivation has occurred in. Examples include:

didi - wall

-didi - to wall in

peeze - paddle

-peeze - to paddle

kor - implement for sweeping

-kor - to sweep up using this implement

ris - a line

-ris - to draw a line

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