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|Subject:||Morphemes for plurals|
|Question:||Are there any languages whose standard method of showing plurality separates the morpheme or phrase that indicates it from the root word it refers to?|
|Reply:||As you may well realize, by no means all languages make a singular/plural distinction in their grammars. But, where a language does pluralize things, I don't personally know of a case which has anything in between the indicator of plurality and the noun stem. Geoffrey Sampson|
|Reply From:||Geoffrey Richard Sampson click here to access email|