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Nullar (Was: Re: Noun Number)

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 6, 2001, 1:38
On Mon, Nov 05, 2001 at 07:47:50PM -0500, Patrick Jarrett wrote:
> > Nullar: -/oU/ :: -w/oU/ > > Singular: -- :: -- > > Plural: -/I/r :: -r > > > >I seem to remember that post from a while back, or else something a lot > like it. :-) > > Yep that was mine, someone else had the same idea a few weeks later, and I > quickly followed someone else.
[snip] Hehe, I believe it was me who came up with the idea of a nullar. I seem to remember asking about that on CONLANG some time ago, because I didn't have a good word to describe it (originally I called it the "zero" number, which is descriptive but confusing :-P). The original idea really actually came from the title of a math book, called "Zero, One, Infinity" (or some variant thereof). So when I started working on my conlang and came across the issue of plurality, I thought the "usual" way of singular/plural is too boring. So instead of the idea of "one" and "many", I thought, how about "zero", "one" and "many"? And so the nullar was born. :-) (Besides, having *three* noun numbers fits in with my conculture, which has an obsession for all things triple.) T -- Curiosity kills the cat. Moral: don't be the cat.


Patrick Jarrett <seraph@...>
Padraic Brown <agricola@...>