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Chapter Twelve. Numerals

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Although distinct masculine and feminine forms exist for the cardinal numerals, there is an incipient tendency to use the masculine forms with all nouns. The feminine form ða has developed from an original *hðā by elision of the initial consonant. The feminine forms of the cardinals 2–10 in these constructions are used inconsistently. There is a tendency to generalize the use the masculine forms after all nouns. The genitive particle is usually bonded with the preceding noun. Constructions such as ‘one and a half ’, ‘two and a half ’ etc. are formed by attaching the 3ms. suffix -e to the word palga.

Keywords: cardinal numerals; genitive particle; initial consonant



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