Sentence 3505


“The PLral suffix-tul denotes not only a group of the referents referred to by the head noun, but also a grouping in which the head noun forms the locus of a group. Thus, for example,nay tongsayng-tulmeans not only ‘my younger brothers’ who are all relatives of mine, but also ‘my brother and his group’ including his friends. In this respect, proper names may also be PLralized, as inMinca-tul‘Minca and her friends’.”

“The group-indicating suffix -neyalso denotes family in such expressions asNami-ney‘Nami’s family’.”