Re: Unilang: the Morphology
|From:||Muke Tever <alrivera@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, April 22, 2001, 0:35|
From: "Nik Taylor" <fortytwo@...>
> Henrik Theiling wrote:
> > Errrm, think think.... Yes. Inflection is irregular.
> That doesn't make sense to me. If, for example, "genitive plural" is
> always, say -kan, how is that irregular? It may not be agglutinative,
> but that doesn't make it irregular.
I think the idea is that an agglutinative will have not necessarily regular,
but atomic affixes.
That is, you wouldn't have a "genitive plural" -kan so much as (say)
"genitive" -ka- [which would show up also in other numbers in the genitive]
plus "plural" -n [which would show up in other cases in the plural].
Such an idea as English verbal -s "third person singular simple present"
would be more inflecting than agglutinating.
Er, that's my impression. I could be wrong.