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Re: ANADEWISM? Plural only marked in animates

From:Dirk Elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 4, 2005, 20:03
On 5/4/05, Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...> wrote:
> Does anyone know if there is an ANADEWISM for marking > plurality only in animates?
Shoshoni does this (as does most of Northern Uto-Aztecan). While there is no prohibition against pluralizing inanimates, it isn't usual; which is to say, native speakers accept such formations, though reluctantly. Besides the usual suffixation of -neen 'PL' and -neweh "DU', for some nouns referring to people there is also reduplication and suppletion in addition to suffixation. Here are some examples: punku 'horse' punkuneweh 'horses-DU' punkuneen 'horses-PL' papi 'older brother' papineweh 'older brothers-DU' papineen 'older brothers-PL' tei 'friend' tetteyanneweh 'friends-DU' tetteyanneen 'friends-PL' tuineppe 'boy' pihianneweh 'boys-DU' pihianneen 'boys-PL' Dirk -- Gmail warning: watch the reply-to!


Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>