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is taken to be a point without dimensions and the action is only described with reference to it. The multidimensional path, however, is with reference to place with an area or volume and the action, or process while in progress, is taken to have passed through and within the location. The dimensions are more psychological in the sense that they are associated more with the preception of the speaker rather than the physical object in question.


 Unidimensional path is marked by the suffix /-myõ/.
 /h1   tejyabgõ2  taphraga(m) myõ3
Nom Abl Loc [Pa]
hayulya4  bóde5/
`I1  go5  to Hayuliang from Tezu2  via Taphragam3/


Multidimensional path is marked by the suffix /-thi/.
 /h1  tejyabgõ taphragamth3
Nom Abl Loc [Pa]
/hayulya4   bóde5/
`I1 go5 to Hayuliang4 from Tezu2 through Taphragam3

Multidimensional path is also marked by a combination of the locative and dative inflexions.

/pya taméy2   krłnąkwnył3
Nom Loc [Pa]
`the bird1  entered4  into the ear3  of the elephant2

The combination of /-kw)/, a locative suffix and /-nył/, a dative suffix gives the sense of the bird entering the ear, fly through it and come out. The elephant’s ear is conceived here as a transitory point in the bird’s flight path.

Comparison :

There are two degrees of comparison each represented by a distinct morpheme. Where one of the compared entities is qualitatively identical to the other, the suffix /-dathi/ is added to the second NP. This suffix can roughly be translated into English as `as . . . . as’.

 /h  nyśdathi prą3/
Nom you-Comp
`I am as good3  as you2

 /é  taméy  wé  taméydath2  dra3/
this-elephant that-elephant-Comp big Nom
`this  elephant1 (is) as  big3  as  that  elephant2





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