On Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 5:20 AM, Alex Fink <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > On Sun, 27 Jan 2013 21:16:26 -0800, Sylvia Sotomayor <[log in to unmask]> > wrote: > > >The noun classes are: > >I rational animates, people > >IIA wild animals and body parts > >IIB paired body parts > >IIC domesticated food animals > >III plural animals (like ants) and weather phenomena > >IV landcape features and other natural phenomena, forces, events > >V non-solid natural phenomena, light and darkness and dreams > >VIA most natural objects > >VIB food items > >VIC natural collectives > >VIIA man-made objects > >VIIB paired man-made objects like gloves or shoes, sets of man-made > objects > >VIIC generally plural or elongated man-made objects, like string > >VIII speech, abstractions. > > Very nice. > > How does the subclass structure manifest grammatically, i.e. when does one > see the 8-class system and when the 14-class system? Do "A" and "B" and > "C" have some sort of independent morphological existence orthogonal to the > division between II and VI and VII? > > Alex > The subclasses usually differ from each other by just one or two inflections for number within one case. If they differed in more than one case, I counted it as a separate class. Otherwise III could be IID. A, B, and C are just a numbering system and do not have any other usage. -S -- Sylvia Sotomayor The sooner I fall behind the more time I have to catch up.