[Spellyans] Declension classes (was: SWF questionable wordforms)
everson at evertype.com
Wed Sep 17 14:53:28 IST 2008
This is a very important discussion. We really need to do a survey of
wordforms here in order to investigate the declension classes.
On 17 Sep 2008, at 10:27, Jon Mills wrote:
> By analogy with 'tavas', I think that 'dewas' would be better than
> 'dewes'. There seems to be a set of words that end '-as' in the
> singular and '-osow' in the plural:
This really needs looking into. The question is of declension class.
Do we have a class of words in -aC with plurals -oCow, or a class of
words in -eC with plurals -oCow?
Since the vowel pronounced in either -aC/-eC is schwa, it would in
fact be extremely foolish for us to burden learners with a random -aC/-
eC choice in the singular alongside a regular -oCow choice in the
There is of course the question as to whether the consonant itself
makes a difference; that could lead us to discover different classes.
For instance, we might have an -as/-osow class but an -eth/-odhow class.
There are a number of questions to be answered here.
(1) Which words have plurals in -oCow and which have plurals in -aCow
and which have plurals in -eCow?
(2) What is the singular for each of these?
(3) Is there a pattern with singulars in -eC/-aC/-oC?
(4) Is there a distinction made between different consonants C?
I believe that if we can find out the details here we may be able to
really nail down the question of the correct forms.
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