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Re: CHAT: Ebonic Christmas

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Saturday, January 15, 2000, 0:20
Axiem wrote:
> So Mr. Abrigon, please send an apology to the list for > posting something to it that we f{ou,i}nd offensible
Besides which, this list isn't the appropriate place for jokes, funny or not.
> ObConLang: > How do you all handle numbers, anyways? Like saying "I have 5 things" > or whatever? Would it be considered an adjective, or article of some > sort?
Different languages handle them differently. Generally, small numbers tend to be considered adjectives, while large ones may be considered nouns. For instance, consider Spanish, "one" is un(o)/una, differentiating by gender, while higher numbers do not agree with gender. Or consider (mostly Old-Fashioned) English usage "8 millions of people" where "million" is considered a noun. Russian's a great example, but I can't remember the details. -- 24 Watikalá Wakabíf watyánivaf plal 272 ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor