[Spellyans] Declension classes (was: SWF questionable wordforms)

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Wed Sep 24 18:54:02 BST 2008

Neil Kennedy has said that he will look into this. Is anyone else  
doing likewise?

On 24 Sep 2008, at 18:46, Neil Kennedy wrote:

> Yes! I'll have a look.
> Neil
> --- On Tue, 23/9/08, Michael Everson <everson at evertype.com> wrote:
> From: Michael Everson <everson at evertype.com>
> Subject: Declension classes (was: SWF questionable wordforms)
> To: "Neil Kennedy" <keverango at yahoo.ie>
> Date: Tuesday, 23 September, 2008, 6:25 PM
> 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
> plural.
> 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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