Notes on Demonstratives in Kutenai

notes on demonstratives in kutenai?

Notes on Demonstratives in Kutenai
Author: Matthew S. Dryer
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According to Morgan (1991), the three demonstratives in Kutenai
have the following meanings:
na ‘this’ (obviative nas)
÷in ‘that’ (obviative ÷is)
qu÷ ‘yon’ (obviative qu÷s)
(In the majority of cases in my texts, EG spells qu÷ as just qu; I follow her spelling in examples below and I generally use this spelling in thetext. EG similarly spells the obviative form qus; again I follow her spelling.) There is also a relatively infrequent variant form of ÷in, namely ÷inu (obviative ÷inu÷s). As discussed below, it appears to be used only as a demonstrative pronoun. The frequency in my texts of the proximate and obviative forms of the three demonstratives, and of ÷inu, are as follows:

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