System Type: F
Source: Wright (2008).
Comment: Every noun in the language belongs to one of 18 noun classes. Class membership is (typically) determined by the attachment of a prefix to an invariant stem that carries the lexical meaning of the noun. Third person pronominal reference is achieved through the attachment of a prefix to the verbal complex that signals the noun class of the referent as well as the referent's grammatical function in the sentence (Wright 2008:9-10). The third person singular forms listed below are drawn from the class 1 prefix set while the third person plural forms are drawn from the plural associate of class 1, class 2. This is the case as class 1 and 2 contain words such as 'person/people' and other terms for human and animate entities (Wright 2008:9-10).
|1st (excl) Person Singular||amiwa||amiwa||amiwa||-ami|
|1st (excl) Person Dual||atweba||atweba||atweba||-itu|
|1st (excl) Person Plural||atweba||atweba||atweba||-itu|
|1st (incl) Person Dual||atweba||atweba||atweba||-itu|
|1st (incl) Person Plural||atweba||atweba||atweba||-itu|
|2nd Person Singular||obewa||obewa||obewa||-obe|
|2nd Person Dual||anweba||anweba||anweba||-inu|
|2nd Person Plural||anweba||anweba||anweba||-inu|
|3rd Person Singular Gender 1||u- -||u- -||mu-||nji-|
|3rd Person Singular Gender 2||u- -||u- -||mu-||nji-|
|3rd Person Dual||ba-||ba-||iba-||bo-|
|3rd Person Plural||ba-||ba-||iba-||bo-|