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Trans-New Guinea




Verbs table

gloss layer imp abrupt sg far_pst 1 sg far_pst 2 sg far_pst 3 sg far_pst 1 pl far_pst 2 pl far_pst 3 pl prs hab 1 sg prs hab 2 sg prs hab 3 sg prs hab 1 pl prs hab 2 pl prs hab 3 pl desiderative fut 1 sg desiderative fut 2 sg desiderative fut 3 sg desiderative fut 1 pl desiderative fut 2 pl desiderative fut 3 pl
hit lexeme age poekena poekena poekena poekea poekea poekea poekeona poekeonila poekeuja poekeora poekeova poekora poekasina poekasiija poekasiijija poekasira poekasiijev poekasira
hit suffix e ena ena ena ea ea ea eona eonila euja eora eova eora asi asiija asiijija asira asiijev asi
eat lexeme inda india india india indiona indesina
eat suffix a ina ina ina ia ia ia iona ionila iuja iora iova iora esina esiija esiijija esira esiijev esira
sleep lexeme eve evua evua evua evuona evesina
sleep suffix e una una una ua ua ua uona uonila uuja uora uova uora esina esiija esiijija esira esiijev esira

Orokaiva notes

  • The paradigms shown here illustrate the possible inflection class disinctions and patterns of subject person syncretism. This represents just a small slice of the TAM system, as given by Larsen (1977: 11) (where 1st person singular forms are taken as representative).
  • Some verbs display stem alternations; unfortunately, Larsen does not describe their paradigmatic distribution.


Larsen, Bud. 1977. Orokaiva grammar. SIL. Online: