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12 KUI LANGUAGE. The mode as we have seen is imperfect because no disdrawn (1) between women and animals and things, and last tinction is between the (2) sexes of Although the generio agenoy sex, still it to suffixes of them from the purely number distinguish which they the suffixes in nouns of of signification a being or agent without any specification of will be convenient to call the suffixes the gender that is animals. with suffixes be treated in the next section. will Number. Tamil In and irrational nouns inanimate the singular form pluralised in ordinary conversation, being used in an indefinite singular-plural sense, plurality being left to be understood all irrational it is otherwise, and Accordingly and there inanimate Kui pluralised as regularly as rational nouns.

A wife or woman, never mreh'-ari or mretf-ri. There are two appellative nouns in Kui in which the being implied in the noun can only be a rational being. They are and ldv-enju t a youth, mri-enju, a son, and mrdu, a daughter and la'a or la-v-a, a maiden. It is curious that the feminine form of these words does not add the rudimentary feminine ; suffix ali or ali. In the patois spoken in the West Kandh Mais and Chinna Kimdi the more oommonly used form of the third person singular neuter of the or animal, or thing, employed to personal pronoun, beoomes eli.

General Oblique, Genitive i* Accus. taws. Pos8. Abs. Bat. } e. Gender, lingular. Nom. it. the set formed on the Plural. evanju. eparp. evan-i, evan-i-i, 8fc. evar-i, 8fc evan-ni, fyc. evar'tii, 8fc. evari'di eMr-di. evan-ki emr-ki, evan-i-ki, 8fC evar-i-ki, Sfc evan-ni-ki) tyc. '-/ var*nirki t Sfc.

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