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Re: Some singular plurals (was: Creating conlang grammars using prototypes)

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Friday, October 6, 2006, 8:47
On 10/6/06, R A Brown <ray@...> wrote:
> 'Bus' is monosyllabic. Everyone knows monosyllabic words have umlauted > plurals, don't they? :) > > man ~ men > goose ~ geese > tooth ~ teeth > mouse ~ mice > house ~ hice
(So in our family, at least when talking about hice in the game of Monopoly)
> moth ~ myth > etc. > > So: > bus ~ bys
Perhaps we need something similar to the German "Gesellschaft zur Stärkung der Verben" (Society for Strengthening Verbs): a society which promulgates the restoration of umlaut plurals which have fallen out of use as well as the introduction of this phenomenon in words which may not have had it historically. Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>