Concerning Plurality

Mark A. Mandel thnidu at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 20 19:41:33 PST 2005

--- Kenneth Gorelick <pulmon at mac.com> wrote:

> On Nov 29, 2005, at 9:29 AM, Jon_Lincicum at stream.com wrote:
> >>> On 11/28/05, Jon_Lincicum at stream.com <Jon_Lincicum at stream.com>  
> >>> wrote:
> >>> However, some animals on earth have their own name as a plural (i.e
> > Moose,
> >>> Fish, Orca) and since the house names are all based on animal names,
> >>> self-pluralizing makes as much sense as any other approach.

> > Here are some more examples from our world:
> >
> > bison, deer, sheep, swine

I think this happens with names of herd animals. 'Wolves', 'lions',
'foxes', and names of other carnivores pluralize; names of primates do;
'sharks', 'rays'... I can't think of what distinguishes the pluralizing


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