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7KH H[SUHVVLRQ ³SURQRXQ´ DV XVHG LQ WKLs chapter refers to those forms that are in themselves complete words and which can stand instead of a noun, or which may be used in apposition to a noun, either before it or after it. However, since in most cases, these same elements can co-occur with a noun within the noun phrase as determiners, the discussion will also include their roles as modifiers. These different classes of pronouns are presented in the sections that follow. 1. A bsolute pronouns The absolute pronoun is one whose main function is to stand for a noun in a clause.
A Sketch Grammar of the Bafut Language by Pius Tamanji