Prefixed / proclitic plurals

Wolfgang Schulze W.Schulze at LRZ.UNI-MUENCHEN.DE
Wed Sep 19 10:26:18 UTC 2001

Dear Colleagues,

I would be happy if someone out there could help me with the following
question: Do you know of any language that systematically marks its
plural with the help of prefixes and/or proclitics? And if yes: do you
know whether the morpheme in question stems from

a) an article structure
b) count/mass nouns (such as Tagalaog /mga-/) [if yes: does the language
have a NGEn ordering?]
c) overt noun class markers
d) primary deixis (such as Bella Coola) (obviously related related to (a))
e) other sources...

If the language has prefixing or procilitzation strategies for plural
marking: does it also know (other) derivational procedures for nouns
that are carried out with the help of prefixes/proclitics?

Many thanks in advance,


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulze
Institute for General Linguistics and Language Typology
[Institut fuer Allgemeine und Typologische Sprachwissenschaft]
Dept. II [Languages and Communication] - F 13/14
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen
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