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Re: Negative ordinality (was: Please welcome . . .)

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 16, 2003, 20:01
On Tuesday, December 16, 2003, at 05:06 AM, Roger Mills wrote:

> Mark J. Reed wrote: > >> On Mon, Dec 15, 2003 at 08:41:39PM +0000, Ray Brown wrote: >>> I know - but then so, alas, is 'thirty-twoth' for my old fashioned > 'thirty- >>> second'. > From Ray's msg I got the impression he's actually heard people say that, > and > they weren't being funny-- it was an honest-to-goodness uage of theirs.
True - and it's significant that it's 'thirty-twoth' and not *thirty-oneth or *thirty-threeth. I've heard 'thirty-twoth' only from computing nerds who also say 'leafs' and 'mouses' :)
> Nothing but tradition (and learning!) prevents us from analogizing
Quite :)
> ObConlang: In Kash, the decades are compounds of unit+ten (-fola); the > /f/ >> /p/ if the unit form ends in a consonant, and all except two and four do. > So they all have -pola except rofola 20 and hafola 40. I made so many > mistakes writing ropola and hapola, that I decided the language was > undergoing an analogical change. Though of course, purists frown on > ropola/hapola.
Great - back to conlanging again. It's sad that a comment on Gladitian sparks of boring YAEDT. Well, this is positively my last mail on any YAEDT 'negative ordinality' - I might make an odd posting if its conlang related :) Ray =============================================== (home) (work) ===============================================


Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>Singlular of "mouses" Was: Re: Negative ordinality