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Natlang plural forms of foreign loans (Was: Plural vowel change)

From:vardi <vardi@...>
Date:Thursday, January 28, 1999, 7:45
Raymond A. Brown wrote:
> > Hi Daniel, >
[snip fascinating explanation of vowel change - thanks!)
> In Welsh you'll find: > car - ceir = car(s)
I love it when languages apply their plural-making rules to foreign loanwords. Arabic often does this, and since Arabic has the broken plural form it makes for some great-sounding words. My favorite must be: behind the scenes wara ' l kawalees In which "kawalees" (scenes, at the theater) is an Arabic broken plural for the French noun couliesse (wings or scenes).