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Sentences as Intensifiers :
The syntactic construction /ąlyaym/ ‘in-comparably’ is often used as an intensifier with adjectives and adverbs. The construction is analyzable as /ą - lya - y m/ `be - par - not’ and always precedes the modified adjective or adverb. With adjectives, it occurs only when a simple intensifier stem is present.

/ąlyaym1  thįyg2  grag3/
`very3   highly1  poisonous2

With adjectives that do not have lexical intensifiers and the adverbs, it occurs alone.

/ąlya m        dra/ `very big’
incomparably big

The particles belong to a small closed set of words which are morphologically invariable and do not enter into true syntactic constructions with other syntactic components. They either stand apart like exclamations or relate events in discourse like the coordinators.

/la/ `vocative’
/wembe/ `or’
/takhru/ `though’
/wewe/ `so’
/kya/ `interrogative’
/ma/ `one of a pair (reciprocal)’
/mu/ `one out of many (conjunctive)’



 Nature of Verbs :
A verb, in Mishmi, is defined as any word that has been inflected for tense and mood. It is present in all but a few sentences which have a nominal predicate. The citation forms of the verbs occur with the suffix /-yą/.

/hanįyą/ `to come’
/bóyą/ `to go’

`to see’

The verbs occur as predicates and form an open set of words comprising terms referring to actions, states and processes discussed in detail in section


Classification of Verbs :

Transitivity :
Syntactically, verbs, in Mishmi, are identified lexically for transitivity by the number of arguments that are present in the sentence. Thus we get a four-way classification of verbs taking into consideration the subject, the object and the dative object.

 Ambient Verbs :
These require neither a subject nor an object. The verbs indicate a total environment





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