What had happened to the Kadazandusun language? More and more parents are now speaking Malay at home instead of their mother tongue. Their children would definitely speak Malay as this is the first language that they were being immersed with. This has been a fact with Kadazandusun living around the urban [...]
Fun With Words
I was in four different classes last week struggling to explain the English Rhetorical Devices, one of the many topics in my Academic Reading subject. I found out that two classes were engaged more receptively to my explanation and instructions and the two being less accommodating. I guess some of the reasons [...]
Phrase structure is the division of sentence into parts, or constituents, and the division of these constituents into subparts. For instance, the sentence “The boy went to the forest”, as represented in the table below, is made of two main constituents, “The boy” and “went to the forest”. The second [...]
Dusun Subject and Verb Agreement – Featuring PPISMP TESL SEM II
My second day at work and I am already feeling very exhausted. I was in PPISMP TESL class this morning, a grueling 2-hour lecture and [...]
This was my first day at work after the long semester break. I arrived at the office quite early, met with some familiar faces, some cheerful, others were motionless. I bumped into a few of those chameleons who recklessly crawled through the alleyway, changing colours each time I took a [...]
The Dusun Comparative Adjectives I had breakfast with my colleague this morning and one of the topic that caught my ever inquisitive mind was – if the adjective comparative and superlative morphemes (-er) and (-est) is present in the Dusun Language. I requested more information about this from my colleague, Mr. Joseph Yabai, [...]
In today’s post, I would like to take your attention to the principle of diversity of meaning in the Dusun language or specifically termed as language ambiguity within the language itself.
According to Cecilia Quiroga-Clare, something is ambiguous when it can be understood in two or more possible senses or ways. [...]
Adjective and Adverb Inflections Adjective Inflection Normally in English, only one and two syllables words are inflected in the comparative and superlatives modes.
One syllable words
small – smaller kill – killer big – bigger Two syllable words heavy – heavier busy – busier clumsy – clumsier Adjectives with two or more syllables do not [...]
Finally, the long awaited second post is here!
Something that I wanted to write today is probably out of the ordinary. While socialising with family and friends during a cool and beautiful afternoon, one of my niece who is in Form Three asked me if there is an equivalent [...]
Dusun Derivational Morphemes
Let’s start with the most basics of the Dusun Language word structure – the morphemes. We will first attempt to look into the English Derivational morphemes and later try to compare that to the equivalent Dusun structure.
English Derivational Morphemes
Derivational morphemes [...]
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