Are noun classes divided to be solely prefix/suffix?

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Are noun classes divided to be solely prefix/suffix?

Post by Ehesh » Sat 14 Oct 2017, 00:25

I'm wondering if noun classes are limited to be only as prefix or suffix. For example Y have a gender variant class for male, female and animals. Male and Female are suffix while animal is prefix. So that way I could specify dog (without specifying gender) ngirru, a male dog Ngirrutse of a female dog ngirru'a

The class for animals is ng-

animal ng-/nga-
insect ngati
dog ngirru
cat ngako
bird ngitsirau
fish ngitishia
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Re: Are noun classes divided to be solely prefix/suffix?

Post by Ahzoh » Sat 14 Oct 2017, 00:32

Noun classes could also be infixes, circumfixes, or by ablaut.
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Re: Are noun classes divided to be solely prefix/suffix?

Post by Dormouse559 » Sat 14 Oct 2017, 00:54

Noun classes/genders can be marked any way that derivation is. So anything Ahzoh listed plus whatever you can think of. On a theoretical note, classes/genders are defined mainly by agreement of other words with nouns. Any marking on nouns that indicates or affects noun class is in fact derivation, not noun class itself.
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Re: Are noun classes divided to be solely prefix/suffix?

Post by lsd » Sat 14 Oct 2017, 11:04

As a limit case, I told elsewhere, one can see my conlang as compound of class marks...
So any speech could be seen as just class marks...
nothing else...
In conlang anything is possible (even if anadew is probable...)
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