Re: Number and noun terminology questions
|From:||Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, February 7, 2004, 21:10|
En réponse à Trebor Jung :
>1. What different types of numbers are there? I know of cardinal, ordinal,
>fractional, and collective (= 'group of(?)'). Any others?
Multiplicative: once, twice, three times, etc... (in some languages, like
Latin for instance, you have them all the way up :) )
Distributive: one by one, two by two, etc... or each one, each two, etc...
(Latin also had those)
Personal: solo, duet, trio, quartet, etc...
This last kind exists in various forms in languages like Japanese which use
classifiers to count things, so you have specific numerals to count
persons, others to count books, others to count long pointy things, others
to count small slippery ones, etc... (the last is kind of a joke, but it
can indeed be that precise :)) ).
>2. What does one call nouns like 'worker' or 'teacher', where a person
>does the action, as opposed to 'work (n.)' and 'teaching (n.)'?
Ever heard the words "actor" and "action"? :)) Then you have them :)) .
You need a straight mind to invent a twisted conlang.