Case marking on demonstratives (Northern Mansi)

NoDemCase: Demonstratives are standalone words, but cannot be marked for case.

(1) taw ti kol-t ōl-ǝs.
he/she this house-loc live-pst.3sg
’He/she lived in this house.’ (S. D.)

(2) taw titi-n ōl-ǝs.
he/she this-loc live-pst.3sg
’He/she lived in this (house).’ (S. D.)

Case-marking is expressed by suffixes in Northern Mansi, but demonstratives cannot get suffixes in adnominal function (1), in contrast to their pronominal use (2) (Kálmán 1976: 51).


Szilvia Németh