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Discuss what kind of affixation your language uses. Prefixes? Suffixes? Infixes? If

infixes, how exactly do they attach?

• Choose at least 3 of the following inflectional categories for your language (if there are

other inflectional categories not listed here that you really want to use, let me know).

o Person (1st, 2nd

, 3

rd, etc.)

o Number (singular/plural? Singular/dual/plural? Singular/dual/trial/plural?)

o Tense (past/present/future… other possibilities?)

o Case (nominative, accusative, etc.)

o Gender (masculine/feminine? Animate/inanimate? Something else?)

• For each category you select, you will need a paragraph that contains the following


o A definition – what does the category mean? For example, if you choose to write

about number, you might say something like this:

? “Number is a category that indicates how many objects are involved in an


o A statement about how the category is used in your language. For example:

? “In the language I am documenting, number is marked by a set of suffixes.

The suffix [-o] is used to mark nouns as singular (exactly one), the suffix

[-u] is used to mark nouns as dual (exactly two), and the suffix [-i] marks

nouns in the plural (three or more)

o A set of sample words to show how the category is marked in your language. For


[?el-o] [?el-u] [?el-i]

fish-singular fish-dual fish-plural

“one fish” “two fish” “many fish”

o Again, do this for each of your categories!

• Wrap up this section with a quick summary (“here we saw that this language uses the

inflectional categories X, Y, and Z. These attach to the ends of roots as suffixes.” Of

course, don’t just copy what I’ve written here. Make it fit your language!)

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