|From:||Matthew Kehrt <mkehrt@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, March 7, 2004, 0:25|
How do your various *langs partition number?
The only ways I know of natlangs partitioning number are into singular and
plural, with perhaps a few additional, such as nullar, dual, trial or
paucal. However, my knowledge of such things is sadly lacking. Do any
natlanguages exist that do something radically different?
For examply, my lang, Eviendadhail, has partitive, which is some number or
amount of some object or substance, and collective, which is all of that
object or substance. Does anyone do anything similar?
"In the beginning was the word. But by the time the second word was added
to it, there was trouble. For with it came syntax..."
-John Simon (via Andrew fortune)