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Between the pajü group and the kopro group, there is no difference in referential meaning. Only, pajü could be made more forceful in terms of the phonetic-symbolism of greater length or higher tone on the first syllable of pajü.


568.  hopfü ‘all’
    omüi hopfü ‘all men’
    ovo hopfü ‘all pigs’
    odzü hopfü  ‘all water’
    tel hopfü ‘all oil’
    cini hopfü ‘all sugar’
    kheto hopfü ‘all rice’
    larübvü hopfü  ‘all books’
    ocü hopfü ‘all houses’

The Adjective
The omnibus class of ‘noun attribute’ comprises genitivals, numerals, demonstratives, prenominal verbal participles, postnominal derived adjectives, nouns functioning as noun attributes of material and verb roots functioning as noun attributes. This section focuses on the latter three which together with the prenominal relative participle constitute a distinctive notional class in that its members either objectively define, describe, depict or subjectively evaluate the referent of the head noun per se. The (prenominal) relative participle (and the participial noun) are dealt with in a separate section at the end.
The derived Adjective
The derived adjective has two subclasses : (a) the deverbal adjective and (b) the deadverbial adjective.


The deverbal Adjective

A typical Mao Naga adjective is a deverbal adjective, the adjective which is derived from the verb root. This is far away a=the largest class. It subdivides into two subclasses depending on whether the adjectivizer is (a) a- or (b) ka-/ko. a- adjectivizes disyllabic verbs (and adverbs under the second class of derived adjectives ; adverbs subject to adjectivization are derived and necessarily disyllabic). Among monosyllabic verbs, the adjectivizer is ka- if the verb has a nonback vowel except when the nonback vowel follows a liquid. The adjectivizing prefix is ko- elsewhere.


569. 1.  make  ‘be cold’
odzü a-make ‘cold water’


tokru ‘be high’
pfoki a-tokru ‘high mountain’


 cüno ‘be low in height’
obu a-cüno  ‘low place’


 cüpfo ‘be thin’
larü a-cüpfo ‘thin paper’


 molo ‘be easy’
ovo a-molo ‘easy work’


 mosü ‘be heavy’
oro a-mosü ‘heavy basket’


tacü ‘be difficult’
ovo a-tacü ‘difficult work’


 (omu) mala ‘be cheap’
ovu pro a-mala ‘cheap vegetable’


nohiu  ‘be clean’
ocü a-nohiu ‘clean house’


maha ‘be light’
oro a-maha ‘light basket’


 mara ‘be crazed, mad’
pfoo a-mara ‘mad male/boy’


 hoh ‘be foolish, mentally deficient’
pfoo a-hoh ‘mentally deficient, foolish male/boy’


 caki ‘be clever’
nieo a-caki ‘clever’


 cicu ‘be true’
oko a-cicu ‘true story’


 mada ‘be false’
oko a-mada ‘false news’


570 1.  mamüi zhü ‘be comely, good-looking’
nieo mamüi ka-zhü ‘comely female’

2.  kha ‘be bitter’
opro ka-kha


‘bitter medicine’


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