classifiers and plural morphology
gil at EVA.MPG.DE
Thu Nov 12 13:32:56 UTC 1998
> My speculations are
> (i) if the word order is Number +Classifier + N, plural morphology
> will not appear on the N (though, if N occurs alone in the same
> without Number and Classifier, the N may have a plural form).
> (ii) if the word order is N + Number + Classifier, the N CAN have
> morphology. However, it NEED NOT to.
> I am focusing on the relation between word order and the possibility
> (not obligatoriness) of plural morphology.
Off the top of my head, I can't think of any examples of numeral
classifiers and inflectional number marking cooccurring in the same
construction in any language -- regardless of what the word order is.
But given the incredible amount of syntactic diversity within the East /
Southeast Asian sprachbund, I wouldn't be that surprised to encounter
such an example. Is anybody familiar with any examples?
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