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Re: OT: Semitic number games [Was:Numbers in Qthen|gai (and in Tyl Sjok)]

From:kcasada <kcasada@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 11, 2005, 17:08
Yes, sorry. I wasn't being specific enough, since in formal written Arabic the
gender switching only occurs from 3 to 10, generally.
>Gender polarity occurs in Hebrew as well as Arabic. Moreover, there are >complex rules in both languages regarding the form of the noun that >follows these pesky numbers. In Arabic, for example, the noun may be >singular or plural and in the accusative or dative case. And in >colloquial Arabic, while most of the gender polarity has vanished, the >old polarized forms live on with a few words that very often occur next >to numbers (days, months). As for why - there are very long theories >about that but I do not believe there is really an accepted explanation. >I lent out my Arabic grammar that discusses this so I can't give the >references. >