A Grammar of Biloxi by Paula Ferris. Einaudi

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73 iyepi tclary6 274 tcloryd L7 9a z6aa LTzb 176b I Z6Sb 9b di 79a 7% thogt f lrrn going horner rpersonr (with rp , -di) rdeerl ana#hi 79a rhurnan hairt ayepi 79a rdoorl tku. ye I 80b sweetf z0 150. There are two points which Haas rnakes, however, that have not been able to verify frorn the corpus. The first r concerns vowel length. Since she actually heard Biloxi spoken, w€ must take her word for its existence. Dorsey unfortunately is far too erratic in his rendering of length for us to rnake any firrn conclusions about it.

Alrnost all words end in a vowel. Of those that do not, rnost end in lkl or f xf , and here, as with clusters, the examples are usually shortened formse €. g. tox frorn toho, the feIlt. 400. Morphophonernics 1. There are nurrrerous verb roots and two rnode rnarkers in Biloxi with an e-ani alternation. This alternation is conditioned by the following rnorpherne. Morphophonernically, I represent these verbs as ending than the othe rs. , p ? ni, cornPletive rnode rnarke r "t ll * dandEll tt0l -+ /nda dande/ 'I will go' + dE + dandEll -+ ll nde ae + ni kiyuhill ) lda ni kilnrhi I ff (but he did not)t L37-3 'lne wished he would go L63-Z yrtE + 0ll + /yuka/ 'yo* all stay here !

I ll + I s2rxgni / 'it rnake s flour' (=wheat) z57b ll orri sosa * axehe ll -> orri dani + axehell 8. I t,at2 + arrlll / . lohi danaxehe/ (=13 ff sosaxehe rone sitting on tenf Z40a (=11) ll /ohi ) Ithree sitting on tenr Z40a . tauil 'panther skin' z7 zb There are a few words where two vowels are adjacent to each other in apparent contradiction to this rule. I have no explanation for thern, except that since they are all short words, dropping of the vowels rnight have led to unwanted arnbiguities.

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