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Re: Declension Help

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Sunday, December 17, 2006, 18:25
On 12/17/06, Roger Mills <rfmilly@...> wrote:
> several irregular > allomorphs: -en in a few words (ox-, child-**), vowel change (man/men), > i/ae/a in a few Latin loans, and zero (sheep) etc. > -------------- > **note that {child} has the allomorph {childr-} in the plural > --------------
Synchronically speaking, I suppose? Because to the best of my knowledge, diachronically at least, the root {child} is the same in the singular as in the plural. Only it happens to have two plural morphemes tacked onto it: {-(e)r} and {-en} - child-r-en. (Like Dutch "eieren" or "kinderen", from "ei"/"kind" + -er + -en, also with two plural morphemes.) Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>