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The honorific suffix () (u)nga(l) is often added to non-verbs in sentence-final position: ɧ illenga `no, Sir/Madame'; Ⱦ aamaanga `yes, Madame/Sir; pattu maniyunga `It's 10:00, Sir/Madame'. This is a special feature of western dialects (Coimbatore, Salem). The morphophonemic -- u may be deleted after a vowel. The morphophonemic l is present if a question marker -? aa? or other clitic is present: ? anju maniyungalaa? `(Do you mean/is it) 5:00, Madame/Sir?'



Vasu Renganathan
Sat Nov 2 21:16:08 EST 1996