Sáliba Grammar

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The content of this page was developed from the research of
Ms. Nancy Morse, Dr. Gary Simons, and Dr. Paul Frank.

Articles and nouns

Definite articles, possessive adjectives, demonstratives, numbers, and adjectives typically precede the noun they modify. However, when it includes more than one modifier, the second modifier may follow the noun. Plurality can be marked with a suffix, by shifting the stress in a noun, or is unmarked.

Noun classes can be distinguished by the plural marker and classifier used when using the noun. The classes include: masculine; feminine; feminine with a trunk form (e.g. tree); long and thin; something that includes much space (e.g. house); liquid that runs; little and round; wide and thin or flat; pot shaped; angled; flat and thin.

Adverbs and verbs

Adverbs can precede verbs in a verb phrase, and verb phrases can contain a second verb in a complement position. Morphology on the verb communinates the person of the subject, the person of the complement, animacy, number, aspect, polarity, modality and causation.

Most verbal morphology is suffixal. The form of person morphology, however, depends on the form of the stem. For example, when the stem beings with a vowel, the morpheme is a prefix. When the stem has the form CVV, the morpheme infixes just before the second vowel. When the stem has more than two syllables and ends with two vowels, the morpheme inxises just before the final vowel.

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  1. Get Started: Summary of the Sáliba conversion
  2. Digitize Audio: Digitizing Audio page (Classroom)
  3. Digitize Images: Digitizing Images page (Classroom)
  4. Digitize Text: XML page (Classroom)
  5. Create Metadata: Metadata page (Classroom)
  6. Web Presentation: Stylesheets page (Classroom)

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