In Mundeze, all words have an invariable root, the radical, from which the noun, verb, adjective and adverb can be formed.
Example with “pel-” (to speak, talk, say)
The adjective is always formed by adding the ending -a to the radical. So almost all adjectives end with -a *.
An adjective is a modifier of the substantive, and is usually placed before it. The predicative adjective is placed after the verb.
It is always invariable in Mundeze.
It is acceptable to place the adjective just after the determined substantive, but only if this adjective is not itself followed by another substantive or pronoun.
In the latter example, the adjective nyama cannot be placed before tcokolate (chocolate) since it would then apply to that name. “ane nyama tcokolate” would mean something like “the person the chocolate who eats”. To translate the sentence correctly, a relative pronoun should be used: ane ke nyami tcokolate (The person who eats chocolate).
Sometimes several adjectives can be derived from the same root. This is especially the case of “lov-” (love). In such a case, the context is sufficient to determine what adjective we are dealing with.
- If the adjective is qualitative (i.e. it expresses the state of the subject or an action carried out by the subject), it’s an adjective derived from the verbal form. The meaning of an adjective derived from the verb is equivalent to the meaning of the verb in the present tense.
lovi (to love) ➜ lova (loving = who loves = in love)
– “lova mate” (loving woman = woman who loves = woman in love)
fobi (be scared, frightened, afraid) ➜ foba (being scared = who is scared = afraid)
– “foba bate” (man being scared = man who is scared = scared man)
mapi (to mother) ➜ mapa (who is mothering = mothering)
– “mapa masere” (mothering sister)
- If the adjective is relational (i.e. it expresses a relationship as a noun complement), it is an adjective derived from the noun (non-gradable). The meaning of an adjective derived from the noun is equivalent to a complement of the name (of + this noun).
love (love) ➜ lova (of love)
– “lova kosade” (relation of love = love affair)
fobe (fear) ➜ foba (of fear)
– “foba yaye” (cry of fear)
mape (mother) ➜ mapa (of mother = maternal)
– “mapa sade” (behaviour of mother = maternal behaviour)
Basically, a “loving woman” can’t refer to a “woman of love” because, apart from the fact that it doesn’t mean anything (apart from idiom), the adjective is qualitative because it expresses the state of the subject. Similarly, a “loving relationship” cannot refer to a “relationship that loves” because, in addition to the fact that it does not mean anything, the adjective is relational since it serves as a noun complement.
In Mundeze, the predicate usually takes the form of a single verb, but here, we have broken it down into verb + adjective in order to make the following examples better understandable: