|From:||Matt McLauchlin <matt_mcl@...>|
|Date:||Monday, September 25, 2000, 4:25|
Have any of your languages evolved exceptions... by accident?
I've been writing merrily along using the word _lei_ "person" in the third
declension, for nouns that end in "a", stressed vowels, and diphthongs. In
the plural, that makes it:
However, I just remembered today that "ei" isn't actually a diphthong in
Lyanjen! It should really be in the second declension, whose plural runs:
However, I'd already used it so many places that I was loath to change them
all. So I said, fine. Lyanjen has just gained its first exception! And it
was duly noted.
Any other such stories?