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I have some examples like this from an undated manuscript about an unnamed language and I'm trying to extrapolate some observations about the nominal systems.

zumbru – hat – 'hat'
zumbru-g – hat-1poss – 'my hat'
zumbru-:-g – hat-FORMER-1poss – 'my former hat' (but not anymore my hat!)

I'm not sure how to gloss the -:- suffix here. It means ‘former’ but only seems to be used in possessive constructions.

Do you know any other languages that have such a suffix and if so, how is it glossed?

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    Is this a real language? – fdb Mar 29 '15 at 23:44
  • Yes, it's a real language. Is there a technical name for a nominal suffix meaning like "ex-" - would it be inflectional or derivational? – Teusz Mar 30 '15 at 5:11
  • What language is it? – fdb Mar 30 '15 at 9:00
  • As I said, I don't know. I just have the data. I guess it's an interlanguage, Amazonian (Carib?) + Spanish. Any idea of how to gloss a suffix like "former"? – Teusz Mar 30 '15 at 10:05
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    I do not really think we can comment on unsourced data in an unidentified language. – fdb Mar 30 '15 at 11:01
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In Guarani, the derivational suffix -kue means former, ex-. It's also used in Jopara, the mix of Guarani and Spanish.

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