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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: Your question isn't very clear, so I'll restate it in the way I understand it and then address it. I THINK you are asking whether there are freestanding plural markers. To be truly freestanding, something would have to be able to intervene between the noun and the plural marker. I'm pretty sure such languages exist but the languages I know don't have that characteristic.
Reply From: Susan Fischer      click here to access email
 
Date: 06-Aug-2012
 
Other Replies:
  1. Re: Morphemes for plurals    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (06-Aug-2012)
  2. Re: Morphemes for plurals    Herbert Frederic Stahlke     (06-Aug-2012)
  3. Re: Morphemes for plurals    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (08-Aug-2012)
  4. Re: Morphemes for plurals    M J Hardman     (06-Aug-2012)
  5. Re: Morphemes for plurals    Norvin Richards     (07-Aug-2012)

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