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ōn ‘1. cloth, dress; kŋį ‘goose’
  2. ornament    
  3. utensil ;   vessel’    
ōsģ mņnŏ ‘type of millet, sticky c ‘insult’
  and pleasant-smelling’    

The alveolar lateral and trill [ l ] and [r]

télĭ ‘oil’ ō ‘rope’
ō ‘bow’ ōrō ‘shell’
    ōrŭ ‘rectum’
mālā ‘foam; lather’ m ‘friendship’

The semi-vowel [y] and the front vowel [i]

‘be good’
h ‘forest’


3.0   The Word

  Rationale :There are two reasons why one needs to set up the word as a unit. In

the first place, there are linguistic units which are defined in terms of the unit of the word. In the second place, the word has to be delimited, defined for purposes of word - formation as all regular word - formation processes are based on the definable ‘word’.

3.0.1   Attempted Delimitation : The word is one of those units in language to arrive
at which there are so discovery procedures, there is no algorithm. There are however, heuristic procedures. This exordial section addresses the heuristics of Mao word hood. The linguistic word as an analytical unit can be defined either conjunctly or disjunctly. The conjunct definition, monolithic, blinkered and therefore obtuse visualises only one kind of word hood, whatever by the level of language structure. The notion of the word in the conjunct definition, unlike in the disjunct definition is not sensitive to or dependent, for its delimitation, on linguistic levels so that there is no distinction made between the lexical, the phonological, the morphological and the grammatical word. A given linguistic chunk is either a word or a nonword in the language, there being a single set of criteria. In the disjunctive approach, which makes use of different [sets of] criteria for different levels, whether a given linguistic chunk is a word or a nonword is also a function of the linguistic level so that the same linguistic material which is ruled a word at one level could be a nonword at a different level, there being a de nóvo consideration of the linguistic chunk as to its word hood. The following section lays out the two crucially different approaches to the dynamics of Mao word hood.




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