Grammar » 35 » Going to someone’s house

In the dialogue for this lesson we see one way of talking about going to someone's house:

Anânamma illunganut ailaukKunga. I went to my mother's house.
Nukamma illunganut ailaukKunga. I went to my younger sibling's house.

Both of these words feature a double possessive ending -ma.

This ending indicates that the root it is attached to is related to me and also that a word will follow it that is related to that person:

anânak mother
anânaga my mother
anânamma illunga the house of my mother; my mother’s house

Note that the word that follows -ma must take the ending -nga (his/her/its) to show that it is part of the possessive relationship.

The ending -ma could be followed by a person as well as an object:

nukak younger sibling of the same sex
anânamma nukanga my mother’s younger sister

Note also in the above examples that -ma changes the final -k of a noun root to -m, while -nga deletes the final -k.