Re: YAEGT: 's (was Re: Standard Average European (was: case system))
|From:||Benct Philip Jonsson <melroch@...>|
|Date:||Monday, April 14, 2008, 16:35|
2008/4/14, Benct Philip Jonsson <melroch@...>:
> 2008/4/14, Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>:
> > On Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 10:35 AM, Benct Philip Jonsson
> > <melroch@...> wrote:
> > > That was because the masculine a-stem inflection type (which
> > > are so called because they had a stem ending in -a in Common
> > > Germanic), which in Old English had genitive singular in -es
> > > and nom/acc plur in -as, spread to other nouns regardless of
> > > original inflection class and gender. It didn't happen
> > > overnight, and even today some 'weak plurals' remain in
> > > _children, oxen_.
> > Wouldn't those be the "strong plurals"?
> > --
> > Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
> No, the n-declension is called the 'weak declension'
> in Germanic linguistics ever since Grimm. Generally
> speaking he thought that the more analytic constructions
> were younger, and hence 'weaker' than the more
> fusional ones.
Of course things **look** different in modern English, but
that's another matter.