Negation

 

Verbs are negated by adding the affix -lé- to the verb form, after any person marker.

aléfón
1.exc-NEG-drink
I am not drinking
dílétadí
2.HI.PR-NEG-speak-PC
you are not speaking
(to a small number of peers)

The negative affix may also be added to mood particles, to convey inability, lack of permission, etc.

tad lékú mú
Ø-tad-Ø lé-kú Ø-mú-Ø
3-speak-SG NEG-PRER NOM-3.HI.IN-SG
s/he (inferior) is not entitled to speak