Nominal form details

Paradigm

Nominal feature

3'

Allomorphy

The obviative ending has three allomorphs: -o, -é, and -óhó.

It is realized as -é  for old contractions (presumably the same contraction governing the use of the animate plural allomorph -é, contraction of a post-consonantal semivowel).

For vowel stems without the old contraction, if the vowel preceding the elided vowel has low tone, -óhó is used; if it has low tone, -o is used. -o is also used on all consonant stems (without old contractions).

Usage notes

For vowel stems, the final vowel elides with the obviative suffix.