Ad. feminine-nouns grammar.

Ad. feminine-nouns grammar.

Feminine nouns describe female people or animals, as well as professions generally performed by women, such as a zôrî “nurse”. They invariably have a long or short i, ê or a in their final syllable, since u and ô are regarded as masculine (SD/427).

Where feminine nouns are produced by suffixion, they end in either the long vowels , or one of the “feminine” consonants th, l, s or z (SD/427). Most feminine nouns are produced by some kind of suffixion from a masculine or common noun (SD/426, 432).

Some feminine nouns are produced from common nouns with the addition of the feminine suffix or its variant .

Others nouns are naturally feminine, including all personal names of women.

Examples (fem)
anī “a female” ← anā ✧ SD/434
karbī “mare” ← karab ✧ SD/434
rabē “bitch” ← raba ✧ SD/434
urgī “female bear, she-bear” [← urug] ✧ SD/435

Examples (fem)
ammê “mother”
Avalê “goddess”
banâth “wife”
izrê “sweetheart, beloved”
kali “woman”
mîth “baby girl, maid-child, little girl”
nithil “girl”
zinî “female”

References ✧ SD/426-427, 432


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