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Gea-'e-e-m a-aei 1 ge go-you-perf-nom I,impf-know I know you went. ) 'gea-a-u t-aaai 'ge go-you-subjun you-know You know how to go. 'gea-u e-eee'ge go-I,subjun I,perf-knew I knew how to go. The complement in this case does not indicate aspect, and the change in matrix verb does not produce a change in the complement either. 3 above takina direct object noun phrase complements with the nominalizer -Vm. However, when eeeeg has the meaning know how, as in the above examples, it is an intransitive verb which may take a sentence Gomplement.
Aa 'yo-h t-e'xee ma'r-i a'nu el'le a'n-innaann-ikke-1 this me-to you-gave people-nom I 'yo-I 'luk ga'x-aa-n-am me-with at fa'El-a am-wherever-place-to (John 17:24) proceed-impf-pl-nom want-I,irrrpf I want these people whom you gave to me to proceed with me to whatever place I am at. ) el 'le kob'el-ee-n-ikke-1 ba'r-is-ak y-en (John6:59) in gather-perf-pl-place-in teach-caus-part he-was He was teaching in the place in which they were gathered. The unspecified noun phrase may optionally be deleted from the relative clause leaving only the head of the noun phrase -ikke.
In some cases the unspecified noun phrase (a) 1 kak or (a) 1 kah stands in the position before the relative verb instead of el' le or ed'de as the representative of an underlying postposition. Gallagher has defined the use of a'kah as referential and a'kak as source as over against el 'le locative and ed'de state (Afar Pedagogical Grammar, Appendix). The postpositional phrase relative construction is illustrated below with a branching diagram combining the two basic sentences bu'ea 1 ma-me 1 ce village not-good and 'num baar'ra bu'ea-1 y-iggi 'fe man woman village-in he-killed.
A Generative Grammar of Afar by Loren Bliese