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Re: Semantic differentiation of "kinds"

From:Alex Fink <000024@...>
Date:Monday, May 26, 2008, 3:28
On Sun, 25 May 2008 16:12:00 -0400, Ingmar Roerdinkholder
<ingmar.roerdinkholder@...> wrote:

>I found some examples at Wiki about Bahasa Indonesia > >Tiga ekor sapi "three tail cow" = three cows >Sepuluh orang tentara "ten people soldier" = ten soldiers >Lima lembar / helai/ carik kertas "five sheet / piece paper" > = five
sheets/pieces of paper
>Sebalas buah apel "eleven fruit apple" = eleve apples > > >So my memory about this from when I tried to learn some Indonesian about >25 years ago, was right !-)
These are just common or garden noun classifiers, though. I don't think they're what Eric was after: _ekor_ 'tail' isn't being used as 'type of animal', but just 'animal' to the extent it has a semantic contribution at all. That said, adjective markers which agree with the humanity / animacy of the noun they modify could probably arise from ordinary classifiers as well. Alex