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Pluralis på svenska och tyska

From:Douglas Koller, Latin & French <latinfrench@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 8, 2004, 17:03
Andreas skrev:

>Quoting "Douglas Koller, Latin & French" <latinfrench@...>: > > > Andreas skrev: > > > First: roughly 10% of Swedish nouns, common gender ending in "-a", >> plural in "-or". Three ending in a consonant are listed: "ros, >> rosor", "våg, vågor", och "svan, svanor." > >_Svanor_? If I encountered that in a text, my immediate reaction would be to >take it as the pl of an unknown word *_svana_. The pl of _svan_ "swan" is >_svanar_.
My dictionary gives both, with "svanar" listed first. I won't mess with your native instincts, but it would appear the some Swede somewhere at some time uttered "svanor", and it codified as acceptable usage. Kou


Douglas Koller, Latin & French <latinfrench@...>
Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>