Re: Sound changes causing divergence of ordinals from cardinals
|From:||Chris Peters <beta_leonis@...>|
|Date:||Friday, January 6, 2006, 0:31|
>From: Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
>I assume that -hon, -mai, -satsu etc. have meanings ??
You assume correctly. In this case the meanings are exactly that: the
shape of the objects they're counting.
The kanji that represent those suffixes can probably be detached from the
number and used as independent words. I know "hon" can be -- but the
additional meanings for that kanji don't really have much to do with the
shape of the object it represents as a counting suffix.