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Re: No plural morpheme

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Sunday, November 25, 2007, 7:51
On Nov 24, 2007, at 2:12 PM, Chris Peters wrote:

>> From: caeruleancentaur> > What are your experiences with this in >> either a natlang or your> conlang? I believe that Japanese does >> this.> > > You're right -- Japanese has only one plural morpheme: -tachi, > which is used only in reference to people (nouns or pronouns). > Apart from that, the only way they can do plurals, apart from them > being understood in context, is by specifying a number. (The > number, furthermore, may include a counter suffix, which describes > the shape or class of the object being counted.)
As someone else said, there are several plural morphemes -- and they have different distributions. My favorite thing about -tachi is that, when attached to a name, e.g. Taroo-tachi, it means "Taroo and others (e.g. his family, friends, etc.)".


Eugene Oh <un.doing@...>
Geoff Horswood <geoffhorswood@...>