saŋē and maŋē



one’s face, the front half of one’s head



an informal word for person.

Actually, one can take nearly any body part and turn it into an animate noun meaning person. Turning a body part into a person implies that the person is being thought of as consisting primarily of that body part. So one could speak of eyes or ears as people when thinking of witnesses, or bellies as people when planning for how much food to prepare, or hands as people when figuring out how much labor is needed. manārme and maŋē are the most common body parts to be turned into animate nouns.

2 Replies to “saŋē and maŋē”

  1. This is cool—and precisely the type of thing you see in noun class languages. In fact, I looked at this and though, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Could’ve very easily been done with Zhyler. Man. You’ve blown my mind a little bit.

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