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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. *Muke! --