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Nonhuman female feathered biped whose productivity status is not part of speaker-knowledge : rikrü
207 kholo ‘crow’
  kholo rikrü ‘female crow status as to productivity
    is not part of speaker-knowledge’
208 pilo ‘kind of wild bird as big as a dove’
  pilo rikrü ‘a female wild bird whose status as to pro-
    ductivity is not part of speaker-knowledge’

Generic gender words for feathered bipeds :




ridzü ‘masculine’


  raho ‘bird’  
    raho rikrü ‘female bird’  
    raho ridzü ‘male bird’  

As a last point, it may be noted that otu ‘domestic four-legged bovine’ which is elsewhere in the language treated as human is not treated so in the gender system :
cf. 210 tu-krü1 -püi-i2 ‘the2 cow1

where -püi is a human gender suffix and
211   ni1 tu-krü2 zhu3 ahie-ti-we4


‘what[lit.who]4 [is]your1   cow’s2 name3

where ahie ‘who’ which is used to elicit human names is used. As noted earlier, only ova ‘monkey’ and ovo ‘crab’ are considered human as far as gender markers go.
212  ova pfoo ‘male monkey’
  ova nieo ‘female monkey’
213 ovo pfoo/khelo ‘male crab’
  ovo nieüo/kheni ‘female crab’

Gender is not marked in the verb. The question of gender being marked in the adjective does not arise as gender-number markers only nominalize it.

In Mao, as in Angami, number is not an obligatory overt grammatical category. It is indeed obligatorily unmarked certain contexts - which is why number is not a necessary structural property of the Mao noun. Number is left morphologically unmarked in the indefinite when the linguistic context comprises [a] the modification of the noun by [i] a numeral [ii] a nonsingular demonstrative pronoun [iii] a quantifier [iv] a noun pluralized by khru or a plural pronoun marked by khru [b] the plural deictic pronominal subject about which the noun [phrase] is a predication and [c] postpositions etc. which are transparent as to number.
[a] [i] 212 larübvü1 curo2 ‘ten2 books1
      lit. ten book
  213 ocü1 padüi2 ‘five2 houses1
      lit. five house
  214. nieo1 coku2 nine2 females1
      lit. nine female
  215 osi1 kaxi2 two2 dogs1
      lit. two dog
  216 ihõ1 kosü2 ‘three2 snakes1
      lit. three snake
  217 mopfo1 maküi2 twenty 2 years1
      lit. twenty year
  218 ocü1 cüro2 ten2 stones1
      lit. ten stone
  219 larübvü1 cani2 seven2 books1
      lit. seven book
  220 oba1 caca2 eight2 hands1
      lit. eight hand

The Plural markers, -khru and -ta, however, can occur with individuated NPs modified or headed by numerals.





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