(For beginners: "onomastic" means dealing with names, so onomastic stems would be words that are proper names) And: Any idea how that arose diachronically (across time)? I'm trying to wrap my mind how that could come to be, and I'm coming up blank, but then, I just graded far more papers than the Geneva convention allows, so . . . --Patrick On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 4:36 PM, And Rosta <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > Nikolay Ivankov, On 19/10/2012 12:42: > > Russian has different verb forms in past tense for the three genders it >> has. So why not to conjugate differently for proper names. >> > > My Livagian has different conjugations for when the stem is onomastic -- > i.e. you can tell from the inflection whether the stem is onomastic. But it > doesn't have inflections that tell you whether its dependents have > onomastic stems. > > --And. > -- Second Person, a chapbook of poetry by Patrick Dunn, is now available for order from Finishing Line Press<http://www.finishinglinepress.com/NewReleasesandForthcomingTitles.htm> and Amazon<http://www.amazon.com/Second-Person-Patrick-Dunn/dp/1599249065/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1324342341&sr=8-2>.