Re: ANADEWISM? Plural only marked in animates
|From:||Thomas Wier <trwier@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, May 5, 2005, 16:05|
> Does anyone know if there is an ANADEWISM for marking
> plurality only in animates?
In Georgian, the tendency is to mark plurality only on
animates, or even only on human beings. So, the word for
"goat" is _txa_, but the normal way to point to a bunch
of goats is not _txebi_, but just _txa_. Of course,
after quantifiers only the singular form is licit.
Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally,
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