Person marking on nominal adpositions (Surgut Khanty)

AdpNNonPM: Person marking cannot be expressed on nominal adpositions.

(1a) pūpi məŋ kīńťa-ɣəw wökkəŋ.

bear we cmpr-1pl strong

‘The bear is stonger than us.’

(1b) pūpi čēwer kīńťa wökkəŋ.

bear rabbit cmpr strong

‘A bear is stronger than a rabbit.’

In Surgut Khanty, some postpositions can take personal suffixes, for example the comparative kīńťa ‘compared to’ postposition if its complement is a personal pronoun (1a). Next to nouns, the postposition is not marked for person (1b).


Márta Csepregi