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Plurality in A'oonirobi
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How things are pluralized
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In Aʻoonirobi, nouns are pluralized via a special type of affix called a clitic. This clitic is -⟨(ň)Ṽ2ṙ⟩ where Ṽ2 is either /ɛ̃/ if the word has final close vowel or /ĩ/ when the word has a final open-mid vowel. This clitic attaches to the word immediately preceding the noun to be pluralized.

vinǧãňĩṙ
vinǧã
real

=ňĩṙ
=PLPlural (number)
more than one/few
jin
jin
finger

"actual fingers"

There are some exceptions when numerals are involved. When the number is specified the clitic is attached to the word preceding the numeral (in this case ḅĩĩṙ) and the relevant classifier is attached to the noun (in this case -aji).

vinǧãňĩṙ
vinǧã
real

=ňĩṙ
=PLPlural (number)
more than one/few
ḅĩĩṙ
ḅĩĩṙ
two
jinaji
jin
finger

-aji
CLClassifier
quantifies and/or replaces nouns
(long)

"two actual fingers

However if the clitic is attached to the noun itself, it specifies "kinds or types of" instead.

ḅĩĩṙ
ḅĩĩṙ
two
jinãṙiji
jin
finger

=ãṙ
=PLPlural (number)
more than one/few

-iji
-CLClassifier
quantifies and/or replaces nouns
(long)

"two kinds of fingers"

If the clitic is attached to the noun itself, it always precedes any other noun suffix such as the definite or indefinite.

ḅĩĩṙ
ḅĩĩṙ
two
jinãṙĩĩňaji
jin
finger

=ãṙ
=PLPlural (number)
more than one/few

-ĩĩň
-DEFDefinite
"the"

-aji
-CLClassifier
quantifies and/or replaces nouns
(long)

"the two kinds of fingers"

jinãṙdĩĩ
jin
finger

=ãṙ
=PLPlural (number)
more than one/few

-dĩĩ
-INDEFIndefinite
a nonspecific referent

"some kind of fingers"
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