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Re: Water

From:Mathias M. Lassailly <lassailly@...>
Date:Thursday, November 26, 1998, 10:35

This thread has inspired me to "discover" that the word for "water" in
> Hwendaaru is _ilyoushu_ [Il'jo:Su].
Snip Because _ilyoushu_ is a mass noun rather than a count noun, it
> can't take plural marking, but, like all mass nouns in Hwendaaru, it has a > singulative form _ilyoushiku_ [Il'jo:Siku], meaning a discrete unit or > quantity of water (depending on the context, it might mean a glass of water, > a drop of water, or whatever), which _is_ a count noun and therefore does > have a plural form _ilyoushiki_ [Il'jo:Siki].
same with the Shan cannibals' language : sal : some water sayel : a unit of water = sea, lake, pond, drop sawel : water rev : sky reyev : a unit of sky = country rewev : the sky
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