Re: Paleoasiatic (was: Favourite Language Group?)
|From:||Tim May <butsuri@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, September 7, 2002, 10:43|
John Cowan writes:
> Tim May scripsit:
> > at least 26 numeral classes,
> Probably the degenerate descendants of a classifier+numeral+noun system.
Possibly. They sound rather unusual to me, although I don't know much
about numeral classes/classifiers beyond Japanese. I can copy _that_
part, anyway. Here it is.
|Nivkh has specific sets of numerals for the enumeration of various
|categories of objects - boats, people, animals, fishing-nets, small
|round obj.cts, etc. Panfilov (1962) lists 26 such sets. For example,
|`three' with reference to people is _t'aqr_; to animals, _t'3m_; to
|sweep-nets, _t'for_; etc. It is noteworthy that the palatalised t'
|remains stable as initial in all variants, an the same stability
|applies in other numbers. Thus, _n'_ is the initial for the 26
|variants of _n'im_ 1, and m is the initial for all variants of _mim_ 2.