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Re: No plural morpheme

From:ROGER MILLS <rfmilly@...>
Date:Saturday, November 24, 2007, 18:56
Charlie wrote:
>I'm trying to keep Senjecan grammar as uncluttered as possible. I >thought that I might not use a plural morpheme if the plurality of the >noun was obvious as when, say, a number qualified the noun. > >What are your experiences with this in either a natlang or your >conlang? I believe that Japanese does this. >
Quite common, I'd guess. Malay/Indonesian do it-- lima (buah) mobil 'five (counter) car(s)', banyak mobil 'many car(s)', but then plurality itself is kind of optional. Kash does too, with numbers-- nim ñaki 'five cars'-- but not adjectives ñaki/ç virik 'pretty cars'. LIkewise Gwr and Prevli (so far).