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By George van Driem

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Ma? 'get or become shattered', hckma? ma? 'bring, fetch', takma? 'fetch (water), tap'; sa? 'child', sak 'it is difficult'. Despite the great phonetic similarity between glottal stop and the non-aspirate plosives in syllable-final position, even a non-native speaker of Limbu who has difficulty hearing the difference in any given case can distinguish them easily through observing the allophonic variation of /s/ and /1/ which they condition. The lateral is rhotacized following a glottal stop or vowel, but not following /p/, /I/ or /k/, eg.

Kc-him-min my-house-ABS white be. yours-house-ABS kuhctla-kuhctla co'k. red--red be My house is white. Your house is all red. (10) kuhlkla a·phis military base (lit. 2), resulting in adjectives which may be used adnominally or as independent nominals themselves. mak-taoba pho-daqba hct-taijba hik-tapba black, black-kind; a white, white-kind; a red, red-kind; a red green, green-kind; a black one. white one. one. green one. c. I black-one^like be-lsPS/NPT 1 1 m a black one. bat ku-mik pho-daoma. European NOT perhaps, her-eye white-välä/f.

4. Case and postpositions 33 the numerals 10, 20 and 30, and -kip3 in the decades 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 and 90 as a suffix and in 100 as the root. In the numeral 10, thik 'one' occurs as thi. In the numeral 20, 'two' occurs as its allomorph -ηί-, whereas elsewhere it occurs in its more usual form -net-. The morpheme 'eight' -yct-/-ycn- occurs as -ye·- in the eighties. l 23 nctchum etc. l etc. l 60 thukkip 61 thukthik 70 nukip 71 nuthik 80 ye·kip 81 ye·thik 90 phaogip 91 phaqdhik 100 kipthik Collective numerals are used to enumerate entities in a group seen as a whole, often used for groups of people, but not used in counting.

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