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Re: ANADEWISM? Plural only marked in animates

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Thursday, May 5, 2005, 12:25
Dirk Elzinga skrev:
> 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.
Thanks. This is somewhat what I have in mind for Sohlob. More exactly what is a plural marker for animates is also (and in origin) a collective marker also used on inanimates. Thus _bispreng_ 'mountain range' exists beside _bisper_ 'mountain' but is lexicalized rather than productively formed, unlike _æsfofdong_ 'sons' from _æsfofd_ 'son'. -- /BP 8^)> -- Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch at melroch dot se Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant! (Tacitus)