Thursday, November 26, 2009
Cebuano Grammar Feature: The Linker "nga"
Linkers are major features of Visayan language. They connect a part of speech to the word that modifies it. Let me illustrate it further. Now, Try to master the following nouns:
If you have mastered that, study the following adjectives:
Let's study this phrase:
lami nga pagkaon
There are basically two words that comprise this:
"lami," which means delicious or great and "pagkaon," which means food.
When they are combined, they form lami nga pagkaon, notice that it is linked by "nga."
lami modifies pagkaon, meaning, it is not just any ordinary tasting food, it is a delicious food.
now, try combining the nouns with the modifiers. Now, try to invert the position of the nouns and the modifiers. Whether it is the noun that comes first or the modifier, the result will give the same meaning.