733Re: [elfscript] Re: Sindarin Collective Number
- Mar 26, 2002Teithant CF Hostetter:
>"Danny Andri�s" wroteAny comparison of me to Mr. Salo is unfair; I am not the scholar and
> > Teithant bassman0614:
> >> In the collective "number" of
> >> Sindarin nouns, is the corresponding verb singular or plural?
> > the jury is still out
> > concerning this one!
>Only if (like David Salo) you throw out Tolkien's own statement on the
linguist that he is. And I would never dream to throw out Tolkien's
statements concerning his own creations.
>Hence nouns in _-ath_ are at least sometimes still singular, as originally,"Yes and no" ... how very Elvish of you! Sure, we know that collectives
>but in many cases, in particular in names of peoples, they are plural.
referring to peoples take a plural verb, but what about 'i elenath', 'i
'aladhath', etc.? How do we know which are regarded as singular and which as
plural? Bassman asked for a'definitive' answer. I don't view 'sometimes' as
being definitive, and my reply to him reflected this belief. Who knows which
collective nouns are still counted as singular?
Cuio mae, Danny.
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