Is there a language where I use less brackets?
August 27, 2013 9:36 AM Subscribe
Are there languages with an inflection of whatever type that denotes indeterminacy in its category?
posted by PMdixon to writing & language (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am particularly thinking of indeterminacy in number here, inspired by this
recent comment of mine. That is, are there any languages with a declension for both singular and plural nouns (+/- the dual), as well as a third representing an indeterminate number? Number seems the most likely thing to be indeterminate, but any other similar examples would be interesting.
I'm specifically not asking about, eg, neuter in German or other 'neutral' categories. I'm asking about marked indeterminacy.