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PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

ǂàã (tone II, class 2, plural ǂàm-tê)

  1. bone (alienated)
    • Èh ń ǁʻàa ká ǂàã.
      • (lit.) He has no bone, i.e. he has no strength.

NounEdit

ǂàã (tone II, class 2, plural ǂân-sà or ǂâm-tê)

  1. language (inalienable), word (possessed), voice (possessed)
    • ǂnái ń ǂʻàma ǂâã ǂʻé.
      • (lit.) We two (dual) are having words about him, i.e. complaining about him.
    • ǂâã ǁʻàa!
      • (lit.) no words! (i.e. no problemǃ)

Usage notesEdit

When a bone is possessed, the word is ǂâã, and when alienated, the word is ǂàã. Word or voice, however, are represented oppositely; a possessed voice is ǂàã and an alienated one is ǂâã. This is an important differenceǃ Furthermore, the alienated word for language ǂâã is a member of Tone Class I, not II.

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Traill, Anthony (1994), Rainer Voßen, editor, A ǃXóõ Dictionary (Quellen zur Khoisan-Forschung/Research in Khoisan Studies; 9), Köln/Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, →ISBN