- 1 Singular and Plural
- 2 Conjunctions
- 3 Interjections
- 4 Pronouns
- 5 Nouns
- 6 Verbs
- 7 Vocatives
- 8 Markers
Singular and Plural
Many nouns don't have a distinction between singular and plural. Plural isn't simply denoted by adding a marker, so plural forms are treated as separate words.
Plural in a verb indicates the action is done multiple times.
- If it is a transitive verb, the action is repeated because the object is plural (object plurality will only be shown in the verb).
- rĩnh<v><tv> ↔ rĩnh (to carry many things)
- rĩnh<v><tv><sg> ↔ rĩnh tĩ ((a person) carrying many things)
- rĩnh<v><tv><pl> ↔ rĩnh mũ ((many people) carrying many things)
- If it is an intransitive verb, the action is either done by many agents or by the same agent many times.
- te<v><iv> ↔ te (to carry something)
- te<v><iv><sg> ↔ te tĩ ((a person) carrying something)
- te<v><iv><pl> ↔ te mũ ((many people) carrying something)
If an action is done by a group, even if there are many objects or many agents, the singular form of the verb can be used. The plural/singular of nouns can be specified by the use of demonstrative pronouns in the plural/singular form.
[Dicionário PT-KG, p162]
There are some conjunctions that introduce sentences and or follow phrases, like the circumstance markers. The opinion markers hã and ge are used with certain circumstance markers to create other conjunctions.
<hã> means similar, and it's used in many conjunction phrases.
|ge ra||as so, even so|
|hã jé||for this end|
|hã kato||instead of this|
|hã kỹ||because of this|
|hã ra||but, on the contrary of|
|hã ri||similar to|
|hã to||instead of|
|hã tugrĩn||because of this, for that|
|hã tỹ||because of this, for that|
|jãvo||but, on the contrary of|
|kỹ||therefore, for this end|
|mũ ra||as so, even so|
- Morph tests
- ge ra<cc> ↔ ge ra
- hã jé<cc> ↔ hã jé
- hã kato<cc> ↔ hã kato
- hã kỹ<cc> ↔ hã kỹ
- hã ra<cc> ↔ hã ra
- hã ri<cc> ↔ hã ri
- hã to<cc> ↔ hã to
- hã tugrĩn<cc> ↔ hã tugrĩn
- hã tỹ<cc> ↔ hã tỹ
- jarĩnmỹ<cc> ↔ jarĩnmỹ
- jãvo<cc> ↔ jãvo
- jo<cc> ↔ jo
- kỹ<cc> ↔ kỹ
- mũ ra<cc> ↔ mũ ra
- mỹr’<cc> ↔ mỹr’
[Dicionário PT-KG, p155-156]
For all the things like this throughout the page that have examples but no tags, you might turn them into simple morphTests, like jo<cc> ↔ jo, or whatever your tags are for this.
Interjections are replies to questions or simply exclamatory words.
|mũ jé ha||Let's go|
|tón ra!||Go ahead!|
|vó||Isn't it?/It isn't (?)|
- Morph tests
- he<ij> ↔ he
- hẽ’<ij> ↔ hẽ’
- hỹ<ij> ↔ hỹ
- kunĩg<ij> ↔ kunĩg
- kuri<ij> ↔ kuri
- kutĩg<ij> ↔ kutĩg
- mẽ’<ij> ↔ mẽ’
- mũ jé ha<ij> ↔ mũ jé ha
- nejé<ij> ↔ nejé
- se<ij> ↔ se
- té<ij> ↔ té
- tón ra<ij> ↔ tón ra
- vãrỹ<ij> ↔ vãrỹ
- vó<ij> ↔ vó
[Dicionário PT-KG, p160]
There are personal pronouns, possessive pronouns, demonstrative pronouns, and interrogative pronouns.
Personal pronouns work as a subject, object, ergative, and possessive.
- inh<prn><p1><sg> ↔ inh
- ẽ<prn><p1><pl> ↔ ẽ
- ã<prn><p2><sg> ↔ ã
- ãjag<prn><p2><pl> ↔ ãjag
- ti<prn><p3><nf><sg> ↔ ti
- ag<prn><p3><nf><pl> ↔ ag
- fi<prn><p3><f><sg> ↔ fi
- fag<prn><p3><f><pl> ↔ fag
- Some irregulars when pluralized mean something completely different. An example is <mynh> which means mother, that when pluralized <mynh fag>, means parents.
There are two reflexive pronouns that function as an object or possessive, but not as a subject or ergative.
|jagnẽ||object, possessive pronoun: reciprocal||one another|
|vẽnh||object pronoun: reflexive||of himself/of herself|
|Anaphoric (leftwards reference)||Exophoric close||Exophoric far|
|ẽn||tag (this)||tã (that) (followed by circumstantial indicator)|
|tag ti||this, this one||tag ag||these ones|
|tag fi||this one (feminine)||tag fag||these ones, this couple (feminine)|
|ẽn ti||that, that one||ẽn ag||those ones|
|ẽn fi||that one (feminine)||ẽn fag||those ones, that couple (feminine)|
- Morphology of these combinations:
- tag<prn><dem><prx><nf><sg> ↔ tag ti
- tag<prn><dem><prx><f><sg> ↔ tag fi
- tag<prn><dem><prx><nf><pl> ↔ tag ag
- tag<prn><dem><prx><f><pl> ↔ tag fag
- tã<prn><dem><dst><nf><sg> ↔ tã ti
- tã<prn><dem><dst><f><sg> ↔ tã fi
- tã<prn><dem><dst><nf><pl> ↔ tã ag
- tã<prn><dem><dst><f><pl> ↔ tã fag
Ex. 1: Ū ne? who is it?
Ex. 2: Ne ne? what is it?
[Pronoun document, 378-379]
There's a relative pronoun that is used to begin a relative construction that is a noun construction. <ūn> means "he who/she who," as in the phrase "she who dares."
-ũ: Indefinite marker
There are two indefinite pronouns: <ũ> meaning somebody, and <vẽnh> meaning of somebody.
[Dicionário PT-KG, p160-162]
- There are nouns that are independent of other nouns and nouns that depend on either a noun from the first group or a pronoun. For example,
- <ĩn> or house, is independent
- <jãnkã> or door, is dependent on
- a noun such as <ĩn>: <ĩn jãnkã> or house door
- a pronoun such as <ti>: <ti jãnkã> or his door
- Words usually identified as adjectives can be found in the second group.
- <mág>: big
- <ĩn mág>: big house
- <ũn mág>: someone big
- Nouns take on different morphology based on whether they are agents, subjects, or objects. These markers appear at the end of the noun phrase:
- kẽnkẽr "parrot"
- kẽnkẽr<n><nom> ↔ kẽnkẽr vỹ "the parrot"
- kẽnkẽr<n><agent> ↔ kẽnkẽr tỹ "the parrot"
- kẽnkẽr<n><acc> ↔ kẽnkẽr tỹ "the parrot" (Only applies if object is fronted from its usual location directly antecedent to the verb)
- Kaingang doesn't mark definite nouns. However, Kaingang has an (optional, but to reduce ambiguity we will always add it) indefinite marker.
- jynhkén "lizard"
- jynhkén<n><def> ↔ jynhkén "the/a lizard"
- jynhkén<n><ind> ↔ jynhkén ũ "a lizard"
- Verbs come in one of three classes: intransitive, transitive, and semi-transative. Semi-transitive verbs can only take objects with the help of a post-position.
- fyn<v><bas><tv> ↔ fyn "to divide"
- ẽkrénh<v><bas><iv> ↔ ẽkrénh "to marry"
- jé prẽr<v><bas><tv> ↔ jé prẽr "to call (ã)"
- Certain verbs have different forms that require minute changing of the base verb. Not all verbs have different forms at all. Among the verbs that do have different forms, not all of them contain a distinct spelling for all the different forms. These forms exist independent of the transitivity of the verb. What form a verb takes depends on where the verb is located within the sentence. No categorization defaults to basic?[Dic KG-PT 163]
- fãn "to harvest corn"
- fãn<v><bas><iv> ↔ fãn
- fãn<v><v1><iv> ↔ fã
- fãn<v><v2><iv> ↔ fa
- fãn<v><v3><iv> ↔ fãg
- rĩnh "to carry (pl.)"
- rĩnh<v><bas><tv> ↔ rĩnh
- rĩnh<v><v1><tv> ↔ rĩ
- rĩnh<v><v2><tv> ↔ rĩnh
- rĩnh<v><v3><tv> ↔ rĩg
- fãn "to harvest corn"
The verb can then be followed by three more markers:
- Modality Markers
- sór "to want"
- ẽgfãn "harvest corn"
- ēgfãn<v><bas><iv><want> ↔ ēgfãn sór "want to harvest corn"
- kanãn "to smooth"
- kanãn<v><bas><tv><want> ↔ kanãn sór "want to smooth"
- Aspect Markers
- tĩ (habitual marker)
- a'a'ke "to vomit"
- a'a'ke<v><bas><iv><hab> ↔ a'a'ke tĩ "to vomit repeatedly"
- nĩ (situational/continuous marker)
- rãnhrãj"to work"
- rãnhrãj<v><bas><iv><sit> ↔ rãnhrãj nĩ "to have work"
Used to get someone's attention.
|pá||'aunt!' or 'mother-in-law!'|
Or any expression used with <-’>, such as <kakrã’>, which means uncle!
[Dicionário PT-KG, p164-165]
Aspect Markers/Indicators of Mode
A modality marker modifies verbs or nouns when it follows them.
Follows only verbs (Adverb)
|kónãn||"breaking/getting messed up/rotting"|
|vãnh||"to not want"|
|vén||"first of all"|
- e<adv><adv1> ↔ e
- kónãn<adv><adv1> ↔ kónãn
- kren<adv><adv1> ↔ kren
- mãn<adv><adv1> ↔ mãn
- rén<adv><adv1> ↔ rén
- sór<adv><adv1> ↔ sór
- tãvĩn<adv><adv1> ↔ tãvĩn
- vãnh<adv><adv1> ↔ vãnh
- vén<adv><adv1> ↔ vén
Follows verbs, nouns, and other modality markers
|jãvãnh||"to not know"|
|pẽ||"true (focus, assertive)"|
|ve||"to appear as"|
- gy<adv><adv2> ↔ gy
- ja<adv><adv2> ↔ ja
- jãvãnh<adv><adv2> ↔ jãvãnh
- mé<adv><adv2> ↔ mé
- mẽ<adv><adv2> ↔ mẽ
- pẽ<adv><adv2> ↔ pẽ
- tãvĩ<adv><adv2> ↔ tãvĩ
- tũ<adv><adv2> ↔ tũ
- ve<adv><adv2> ↔ ve
Aspect markers end a sentece, but can be followed by certain opinion markers.
Perfective Aspect Markers
There are perfective aspect markers that occur with the <v3> form of verbs that have this perfective form (groups 1 and 6). When the verbs don't have <v3>, the basic form is used.
They occur in the constructed sentences according to the nominative-accusative standard used in narration, description, and in the texts of procedures. They indicate an action from a global point-of-view. They differentiate an action for being done while standing, while sitting, while lying down, or while walking, by one person or many.
|jẽ nĩ||in the situation of standing|
|mũ nĩ||in the situation of doing|
|nĩ||seated; in the situation of|
|nĩgtĩ||habitually in the situation of|
|nĩ nĩ||in the situation of sitting|
|nỹgtĩ||habitually lying down|
|nỹ nĩ||in the situation of lying down|
- Here, <hab> denotes "habitually," and <sit> denotes "in the situation of."
- jẽ<v><bas><iv> ↔ jẽ
- jẽ<v><bas><iv><hab> ↔ jẽgtĩ
- jẽ<v><bas><iv><sit> ↔ jẽ nĩ
If a verb is put together with the aspect marker <vẽ>, it becomes perfective "irrealis":
|jẽ vẽ||(he/she) was supposed to be standing, but didn't|
|nĩ vẽ||it was supposed to be/to happen, but didn't|
|tĩ vẽ||it was supposed to happen habitually, but didn't|
Modality Markers/Indicators of Opinion
Opinion markers express the attitude of the speaker about the transmitted information. They may occur in many different places in the sentence.
|inhhã||‘only, focus marker’|
|hã||‘emphatic focus, assertive’|
|hẽ’||‘it can't be done!’|
|ker||‘continued habitually, does not stop happening’|
|mỹr||‘it's true, truthfully’|
|nẽji||‘as I have heard, it is said’|
|sir||‘thus, important information’|
|-'||‘doubtedly, emphatic focus marker, assertive’|
- inhhã<mod> ↔ inhhã
- ge<mod> ↔ ge
- gé<mod> ↔ gé
- ha<mod> ↔ ha
- hã<mod> ↔ hã
- hẽ<mod> ↔ hẽ
- hẽ’<mod> ↔ hẽ’
- hur<mod> ↔ hur
- huri<mod> ↔ huri
- hỹn<mod> ↔ hỹn
- ker<mod> ↔ ker
- kur<mod> ↔ kur
- mỹr<mod> ↔ mỹr
- nẽji<mod> ↔ nẽji
- sir<mod> ↔ sir
Subject markers are used to define the topic or subject of a given sentence. They typically follow the subject in a sentence.
They follow nouns, pronouns, or noun phrases when used as the subject. They are pospositions. When they occur, the subject is emphasized and precedes the verb (in many cases, it starts the sentence).
Only <tóg>, following a pronoun, can follow the verb in the sentence and doesn't emphasize the subject. <tóg> is also the only one that can occur with the third person singular and that can combine with other subject markers.
Another particular case is <tỹ>, used to indicate ergative and also with a topicalized constituent (?). In both cases, the constituent is the first one in the sentence.
|jé||subject expects/anticipates the action, speaker desires the action|
|mỹ||subject of a yes-no question|
|ne||subject is origin of the action|
|né||agent has feelings? (only in third-person)|
|nỹ||subject is topic and contrasted with vỹ, subject shift/change|
|pijé||subject does not do the action|
|tóg||subject is agent|
|tỹ||agent is ergative; topic marker|
|vé||this subject does bad things|
|vỹ||subject is topic|
[Dicionario PT-KG 159-160]