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By Wallace Chafe

The Seneca language belongs to the Northern Iroquoian department of the Iroquoian language relations, the place its closest kinfolk are Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, and Tuscarora. Seneca holds targeted typological curiosity as a result of its excessive measure of polysynthesis and fusion. it truly is traditionally vital due to its primary position within the Longhouse faith and its position within the pioneering linguistic paintings of the nineteenth century missionary Asher Wright. This grammatical description, inclusive of 4 prolonged texts in numerous genres, is the culminatin of Chafe’s long-term examine of the language over part a century.

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Most have several uses. Some of these uses are productive, appearing with many verb bases whenever their meanings are appropriate. However, some verb bases require the presence of a specific prepronominal prefix, sometimes in a lexicalized construction with a specialized meaning. 2 shows the forms of their combinations with the three modal prefixes. 2. 2, the repetitive and cislocative prefixes *s- and *t- are positioned after the future prefix *ë- in *ës- and *ët-, but before the factual prefix *a- in *sa- and *ta-.

Similarly, a neuter singular patient is overtly marked (with the forms numbered 24 in the upper right cell) when it is not combined with a human agent. If a human agent is also present, a neuter singular patient is not overtly marked. For example, ‘he planted it’ is expressed as wá:yëto’ (*wa’hayëtho’) with the masculine singular agent prefix *ha- ‘he’ and no marking of ‘it’. In fact, wá:yëto’ is ambiguous in the sense that it can mean either ‘he planted it’ (with a neuter singular patient) or simply ‘he planted’ (an intransitive statement without a patient).

The absence of accenting on initial and final vowels. The first and last vowels of a word were exempt from word-level accenting. The trochaic pattern was established by ignoring the first vowel, and the last vowel could not belong to the first syllable of a trochee. 1). 6. Accent spreading. The loss of r and of intervocalic h often produced uninterrupted vowel sequences. If the second of two adjacent vowels was accented the accent spread backward to include both of them, as in ë́ ö́dekö:ni’ (*ëhatekhöni’) ‘he will eat’.

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