moravcsik at NYTUD.HU
Thu Nov 5 08:51:07 UTC 1998
This is re Bingfu Lu's query about languages with no numeral classifiers
and no obligatory plural marking on nouns.
Hungarian is a language which has no numeral classifiers to speak of
and, even though it does have a nominal plural affix, nouns
do not always receive this affix when they have a plural referent. This
is shown by the following:
a/ Paired body parts are routinely used in the singular even
when they are meant to refer to both organs/limbs. Correspondingly, one
can talk about "half an ear" in reference to one ear; or "half an arm" in
reference to one arm!
b/ Following a numeral, the noun must be in the singular.
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