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Re: THEORY: irregular conlangs

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Thursday, October 7, 1999, 23:46
"R. Nierse" wrote:
> Something like this also occurs in Isthmus Zapotec: > biza?na Pedru 'Pedro's sister' > biza?na Maria 'Maria's brother' > benda Maria 'Maria's sister' > biza?na-be 'his sister / her brother'
Ah, so _biza?na_ means "sibling of opposite sex", while _benda_ means "sibling of same sex"?
> So how to say 'Pedro's brother?'
benda Pedru, of course.
> Palantla Chinantec has different sets of numbers, depending on the counted > word(s) being animate or inanimate:
Japanese does something like that. -- Oh Lord, grant that we may always be right, for thou knowest we will never change our mind. - Scots Prayer ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor