Gweinic and EL Grammatical Numbers
|From:||Anthony M. Miles <theophilus88@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, June 4, 2000, 14:34|
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>Gweinic had three numbers, singular, dual, and plural. Gweinic limited
>use of the dual and plural in the following manner. The dual was used for
>natural pairs of items. The plural was used for more than two items.
>In Early Lahabic, the dual gained an 'exclusive' sense. Thus pairs
>of items that were inherently possessed by an individual (e.g., eyes) or
>were 'limited' were expressed in the dual. Pairs of items that had a more
>general significance were expressed the plural. Here is an
>example. The EL phrase 'telemalei lagyaarrakhau (animate genitive dual)'
>means 'the tree of the lovers'. There were probably hundreds of trees so
>called on the Island. The one in the Yaieelniyandlei Khwiwolphaales,
>literally the 'Small Valley of the 'Born' Ones', under whose eaves
>Laasooltolkeedolphaalkhe and his wife/lover Deloudethaakarkhe performed
>certain acts which will not be detailed here for the first time, was called
>the 'telemalei lagyaarres (animate genitive plural)' because the two lovers
>in question, as the first-'born' of their race, represented all Dhabra
>lovers for all time.
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