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|they steal, they are stealing|
(Bale ka-yime karri-ngeybun?)
Look out for the retroflex stop written rd in the Kunwinjku and Gundjeihmi spelling system.
In Gundjeihmi the verb stays the same but the pronoun prefix (they) has a different form gabarri- (and the spelling is different because Gundjeihmi uses g at the start of syllables and k at the end, whilst Kunwinjku uses k in both positions).
gabarri-djirdmang 'they are stealing' (Gundjeihmi)
The verb stem is -djirdmang. This verb belongs to those with the final -mang formative. On it's own -mang means 'get'. The forms of the verb with different tense, mood and aspect are as follows:
kabirri-djirdmang 'they are stealing, they steal'
Note how kabirri- 'they (3 or more)' changes to birri- in the past tenses.
Nangale djirdmey kun-madj ngarduk? (Kunwinjku)
Nangale ba-djirdmei gun-madj ngarduk? (Gundjeihmi)
Duruk ka-djirdmang kun-kanj. (W)
|26 Jan 2015|