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Taliesin, I still have to wash my sock-mey.  And the dish-mey have already
become something of a science experiment....

Adam


On Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 2:31 PM, taliesin the storyteller <
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> On 03/07/2014 10:01 AM, David Peterson wrote:
>
>> I'm looking for an example of a distributive plural for the conlang
>> book.Anyone have anything like this or know of anything like this?
>>
>> Presumably the distinction would be used in sentences like this one:
>>
>>         The graduates tossed their mortarboards.
>>
>> Context would be needed, but if "mortarboard" had the distributive
>> plural, it would mean each graduate tossed up their own mortarboard, but
>> with the regular plural, each graduate would be tossing dozens--perhaps
>> thousands--of mortarboards.
>>
>
> Not quite what you're after but worth mentioning in the book: The -mey of
> Klingon, used on nouns that normally don't take it (or are inherently
> plural). It adds the connotation that whatever is plural is also scattered
> about rather messily.
>
> If plural for "mortarboard" in Klingon took some other plural than -mey,
> then "mortarboard"mey would mean that the mortarboards were thrown about in
> an absolute huge and chaotic mess.
>
> (Disclaimer: I sometimes mentally add -mey to nouns in other languages so
> as to invoke a silly mental image so I can secretly snigger. I have an
> absolute dish-mey in the sink at the mo' for instance. And then there's
> that pile of sock-mey I need to sort :/)
>
>
> t., permanently damaged by tlhIngan Hol
>