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Re: Counters

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Thursday, January 15, 2004, 7:47
Muke Tever wrote:
> Also, the _kate_ mayn't necessarily refer to an exact amount. Frex if you > go into an English-speaking restaurant and ask for "a water" you simply > get a convenient amount of water (convenient for them, anyway) and there's > no reason a language of count nouns couldnt have a lexeme that acted > similarly.
Well, that's similar to my suggestion. I didn't mean that it had to be an exact amount, simply culturally defined. The culture might give it an exact amount, or it might be vaguer. Or, indeed, there might be two ways, as how in English, "glass of water" is usually a vague amount, but is also defined (in America, at least) as "8 ounces of water", as in the recommendation to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Perhaps there might even be several words for differing amounts. So, one word would be roughly "glass of water", another word might refer to a bucket of water, as one might fetch from a well. Yet another word might refer to a bathtub full of water, and so forth. That is, differing terms for "a convenient amount of water", simply convenient for different uses. -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42