Animacy and Inanimacy
Watch this short video on the concept of Animacy
1. Animacy is NOT fixed. Nouns can change animate states depending on the context.
2. When making an animate noun plural, add a “k” sound.
mshimen = apple mshimnek = apples
3. When making an inanimate noun plural, add an extra “n” sound.
mshimen = apple mshimnen = apples
4. Be sure that the animacy of the noun, verb, and any affixes or demonstrative pronouns agree in any sentence you make.