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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
 
Date: 06-Aug-2012
 
Other Replies:
  1. Re: Morphemes for plurals    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (08-Aug-2012)
  2. Re: Morphemes for plurals    M J Hardman     (06-Aug-2012)
  3. Re: Morphemes for plurals    Susan Fischer     (06-Aug-2012)
  4. Re: Morphemes for plurals    Herbert Frederic Stahlke     (06-Aug-2012)
  5. Re: Morphemes for plurals    Norvin Richards     (07-Aug-2012)

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