counting things (was: Sound changes causing divergence...)
|From:||Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>|
|Date:||Friday, January 6, 2006, 5:47|
> This is not unlike the Indonesian/Malay system (and I think widespread in
> Asia). Only the words with se- 'one' are written as one word:
> se/ekor (tail) animals
> se/lembar (cloth) flat, sheet-like things
> se/buah (fruit) round things in genl; also, generic for almost everything
> nowadays (houses, cars...)
>Further to this, here are the counters in Buginese (South Sulawesi,
Indonesia, about 3-4million speakers); these are from the 1875 grammar.
(e for schwa, é for [e])
For people: tau (person) (And I forgot Ml/Indon. orang, very important)
aju ~kaju for animals, also for pcs. of cloth
peppa? (reed sp.) for long thin things
paréwangang (equipment) for sets of things
bakkareng (open) for spreadable things like mats
batu (stone) for fruits, coconuts but also houses, chairs; generic?
bollo (pluck) for flowers
tenrong (hang on/down) for certain garments and personal ornaments
rutungeng (collapse) ??? for a necklace in the only ex.
labuwang (set) for bamboo fish-traps in the ex.
lampa? (sheet) for paper, sarongs, sheet-like things
lisé? (seed) for seed-like things, fruits, jewels (Ml/Indon.: biji for this)
olowang (prow) for boats
and a couple others where I can't make any sense out of the Dutch or the