A Sketch Grammar of the Bafut Language by Pius Tamanji

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The expression compound here is however not synonymous to plural in the strict sense of the word. „$ Plural Sing Although these compound pronouns can be considered plural in the sense that each implies more than one person, there is still some kind of number distinction. The singular forms are dual pronouns in the sense that the cardinality of the pronominal reference is exactly two while with the plural forms, the cardinality of the reference is more than two. „$ A set of two groups: the first group comprising speaker and a 3rd party and the second group comprising other people mentioned in the discourse.

MRE V ¶ k. k-k†† µFDse(s) (law l. k"&yÓy' µPXVKURRP V ¶ . µDQW V ¶ n. k"(-m' µVKRRW V  RI o. k-lÂ1 SDOP V ¶ p. &`b' µFOLII V ¶ µKHDUW V ¶ q. im' µQHFN V ¶ r. y1' s. k"1#`)m' µJXQ V ¶ t. k-s`¶b "song(s)" "bed(s)" "name(s)" "night(s)" µODGGHU V ¶ "mouth(s)" µIDUP V ¶ µEXG\RXQJ VKRRW V ¶ "tail(s)" "rope(s)" (iii) Gender 5/6 (body parts and assorted nouns) (25) a. /k"+0³·%Ü"+0³·' µDUP V ¶ b. k"(0Ñ' µQRVH V ¶ c. ¯Ó¯' µKLS V ¶ d. e. f. g. h. i. j. k-¦dÓd' µWRRWKWHHWK¶ µOHJ V ¶ µQDYHO V ¶ µFKHVW V ¶ µZLQJ V ¶ µEXWWRFN V ¶ µMDZ V ¶ k.

R. s. t. Ï' d"2­Ó±%k"13­Ó±' d",k,†1%k",k,†1' µRZO V ¶ µGLUW-HDWLQJELUG V ¶ µEDW V ¶ µFULFNHW V ¶ µKRQH\EHH V ¶ µZHHYLO V ¶ µOHDIPHGLFLQH V ¶ µWUHH V VWLFN V ¶ µ\DP V ¶ µHOHSKDQWJUDVV¶ (v) Gender 9/10 (Animals, birds, assorted nouns) (27) a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. i. j. '-{1$ µGRJ V ¶ µJRDWVKHHS V ¶ µPRQNH\ V ¶ µSHQLV¶ µDQWHORSH V ¶ µFKLFNHQ V ¶ µVZDOORZELUG V ¶ µVRXS¶ µD[H V µWKRUQ V ¶ k. l. m. n. o. p. q. r. s. t. &Â1$ µDQLPDO V ¶ µVRLOJURXQGHDUWK¶ µKRXVH V ¶ µVQDNH V ¶ µFXS V ¶ µKDPPHU V ¶ µSDODFH V ¶ µER[ HV ¶ µEXOO V ¶ µW\SHRISODQW¶ (vi) Gender 19/6 (Diminutives) (28) a.

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