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I think I remembering hearing 'samazama', which I take
to be a plural of 'sama', which means something like
'lord' (well, person of significantly higher status
than the speaker; damn Japanese sociolinguistics).

 --- Tim May <[log in to unmask]> a écrit :
> Paul Bennett wrote at 2004-10-08 09:25:45 (-0400)
>
>  > Aren't there also some small number of plural
> nouns in Japanese
>  > formed by reduplication? They're fossils, but
> certainly existent,
>  > or so the conversation went. I swear that not too
> long ago on this
>  > very list somebody (but I fail to recall who)
> posted a short list
>  > of them. I think it was actually to do with /h/ ~
> /p/ ~ /b/ and the
>  > sound changes that made them what they are. The
> examples were
>  > showing that the sound change only happened in
> initial (or was it
>  > non-initial?) position. One example was habipabi
> or huriburi or
>  > something. Damn, I wish I could remember it
> better.
>  >
>
> Hito (person) > hitobito (people)
> Shima (island) > shimajima (islands)
>
> Those are the two examples I know of.
>


	

	
		
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