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Re: a few questions

From:Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Date:Monday, July 19, 2004, 19:19
On Mon, 19 Jul 2004 19:22:32 +0100, Ray Brown <ray.brown@...> wrote:

> I guess for 'x 10 of X' we'll have to settle for 'decal', if we accept > 'septal' and 'octal'. So I suggest for specific numbers: > dual, trial, quadral, quinqual, sexal, septal, octal, nonal, decal. > > But quite why anyone would want to burden their conlang nouns and/or > pronouns with them all, I don't know ;)
I have (or had) a project called Meynian which had "group plurals", which were formed from singular stems plus prefixes derived from the ordinal numbers. They acted entirely as singluars, except they denoted specific-sized groups of a given noun. You would have "a two-hand" or "a six-loaf" and so on. It was theoretically an open class, and was quite distinct from the "true" plural, which worked quite like any other plural: "two hands" or "six loaves". Paul