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David, It's true WP has a list, but it doesn't give me a clue as to how
common the dual is (half of all living languages?, 10%?, make a blind
guess?).
Jeffrey



On Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 8:48 AM, David McCann <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> On Wed, 4 Jun 2014 20:54:28 -0700
> Jeffrey Brown <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > How many languages have the dual for nouns?
> > How many languages have the dual for pronouns?
> > (Ideally, I would like to know this as a percentage of all languages.)
> >
> > I tried to find the answer in WALS, and either it's not there, or I
> > don't understand how to use the online interface (or both).
>
> Wikipedia has a list, but not (of course) reliable. For example, it
> says Coptic has a dual, where in fact Coptic has some words which were
> of dual form in Classical Egyptian.
>