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Gender - and now number - in Conlang

From:Matt Pearson <mpearson@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 26, 1999, 2:51
Jim Henry wrote:

>One conlang I started, but haven't worked out in great detail (no >texts written in it yet) has four grammatical genders corresponding >to the "four elements" (fire, water, earth, air). >The four noun classes are declined in three numbers, denoting lack, >sufficiency or surfeit.
Very interesting number system! What do you do when there's some but not enough of something? That's neither a lack nor a sufficiency. Also, what do you do in cases where there the speaker has no reason to evaluate a quantity as "enough", "not enough", or "too much"? How would you say "There's some string on the table" when you have no knowledge of - or interest in - what the string is for, and thus cannot determine if there is enough string or not? Matt. ------------------------------------ Matt Pearson UCLA Linguistics Department 405 Hilgard Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90095-1543 ------------------------------------