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Re: Sound changes causing divergence of ordinals from cardinals

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Friday, January 6, 2006, 2:53

Chris Peters <beta_leonis@...> writes:
> The only natlang I can think of with two entirely different sets of > roots is Japanese. The different sets of roots don't carry the > cardinal-ordinal distinction, but it *is* the only natlang I know > about that has two unrelated sets of roots in the first place.
Korean. It also has a native + a Chinese (or better 'Sino-Korean') set. What I found particularly funny was that Korean uses both systems for specifying the time: native Korean for hours, Sino-Korean for minutes. I would not be surprised to find similar systems in other Asian langs that borrowed from Chinese. Japanese is not unique in this respect. **Henrik