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Re: Nominal classes in Itakian. What do you think of it?

From:Vasiliy Chernov <bc_@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 1, 2000, 15:51
Something magnificient, and truly original!

Some questions, as usual ;) :

1) Do you use class markers as *the only* means of forming plurals?

Some Bantu languages I read about have much more 'plural' classes, so
there is usually no uncertainty as for from which singular a given
plural is derived. Also, they sometimes superimpose class markers
(partly on the analogy with classes that have zero markers).

2) As, probably, Itakian nouns will rarely appear without a prefix, it
seems that the starting level of the root's initial tone will show up
very infrequently. This IMO will provide the basis for analogical
levellings, and may make the system of tonal alternations unstable.

It seems that some feature might be introduced to preserve the initial
tone from being lost altogether on the surface level. The reverse
direction of tonal assimilations for prefixes, or something.