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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|