Agent marking on the verb (Northern Mansi)

PM: Person marking of the agent is marked on the verb (through verbal agreement) regardless of whether the agent is, or could be, expressed by a full noun or a pronoun.

(1) āmp sāli kinsi.

dog reindeer search_for.prs.3sg

‘The dog is looking for the reindeer.’ (S. D.)

(2) taw taj kinsi-te.
he/she that.acc search_for-prs.obj.3sg

‘He/she is looking for that.’ (S. D.)

(3) am ēkwa nupǝl potert-ēγ-um.

I woman towards speak-prs-1sg

’I am speaking to the woman.’ (T. M.)

In Northern Mansi, the verb is marked next to both nominal (1) and pronominal (2–3) agents (Kálmán 1976, Riese 2001).


Szilvia Németh