On Mon, Oct 04, 2004 at 10:48:03PM -0600, Muke Tever wrote: > On Mon, 4 Oct 2004 22:44:27 -0400, Jeffrey Henning <[log in to unmask]> > wrote: > >So one of my conlangs did not historically mark number. Based on contact > >with an "imperial" language, speakers have borrowed that language's plural > >affix and sporadically apply it. Which is more likely...? > >a) It means 2+, just like its source language > >b) It means 2+ and that's emphatic (of some importance in the discourse) > >c) It means "a great many" > > d) It means 2+, and is used on words that look like they come from the > other language (virii; octopi) <obligatory pedantic remark> "Octopus" really came from Greek, not Latin, so the "proper" plural would be "octopedes", not "octopi". </obligatory pedantic remark> My Greek prof tried that on somebody once, and he got some rather strange looks. :-) But then again, he is known for things like pronouncing "Darius" as [d@"raij@s] because that's how the Greek name is accented. T -- Life is unfair. Ask too much from it, and it may decide you deserve nothing.