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 Ryukyu (Okinawa)

ga [ga]

Definition

Particle

  1. Used as a genitive case marker to denote a possessive or apparent relationship between a person or pronoun and another noun. It is considered less formal than ぬ nu, and is mostly limited to affirmative statements.

Etymology

Cognate to the Old Japanese informal genitive or possessive particle が ga, still common in Kyushu and parts of the Ryukyu Islands.

Notes

The exact usage and distribution of the genitive particles が ga and ぬ nu varies greatly among Okinawan dialects.

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