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An '''irregular plural''' is a [[plural]] that is [[irregular]].  These may be irregular for a variety of reasons, listed below.
 
An '''irregular plural''' is a [[plural]] that is [[irregular]].  These may be irregular for a variety of reasons, listed below.
  
* A [[stem-changing plural]]
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== Morphology ==
* An [[uninflected plural]]
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* A [[voiced plural]]
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Morphological analysis yields the following categories:
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* [[Vestigial plural]]s come in two varieties:
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** A [[stem-changing plural]], e.g. foot-feet
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** A [[weak noun plural]], e.g. child-children
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* An [[uninflected plural]], e.g. sheep-sheep
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* A [[voiced plural]], e.g. house-houses
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* A [[devoiced plural]], e.g. die-dice
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* a [[suppletive plural]], e.g. person-people
 
* A [[loan plural]]
 
* A [[loan plural]]
** A [[French plural]]
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** A [[French plural]] (but note most French plurals are regular)
 
** A [[Latin plural]]
 
** A [[Latin plural]]
 
** A [[Greek plural]]
 
** A [[Greek plural]]
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== Semantics ==
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Semantic analysis gives categories of irregular plurals.
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{|Class="wikitable"
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|-
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|People set ||
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* child-children
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* man - men
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* person - people
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* wife - wives
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* woman - women
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|-
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| Animal set ||
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* <sup>?</sup>cattle  - cattle
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* deer - deer
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* fish - fish
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* goose - geese
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* louse - lice
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* moose - moose
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* mouse - mice
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* ox - oxen
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* sheep - sheep
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* wolf - wolves
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|-
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| Body parts set ||
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* foot - feet
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* hoof - hooves
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* tooth - teeth
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|-
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| Fairly common everyday objects set ||
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* (computer) mouse - (computer) mice
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* loaf - loaves
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* knife - knives
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* scarf - scarves
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|}
  
 
[[category:Plurals]]
 
[[category:Plurals]]
[[category:Irregularities]]
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[[category:Irregularities|Plurals]]

Latest revision as of 10:12, 15 November 2019

An irregular plural is a plural that is irregular. These may be irregular for a variety of reasons, listed below.

Morphology[edit]

Morphological analysis yields the following categories:

Semantics[edit]

Semantic analysis gives categories of irregular plurals.

People set
  • child-children
  • man - men
  • person - people
  • wife - wives
  • woman - women
Animal set
  • ?cattle - cattle
  • deer - deer
  • fish - fish
  • goose - geese
  • louse - lice
  • moose - moose
  • mouse - mice
  • ox - oxen
  • sheep - sheep
  • wolf - wolves
Body parts set
  • foot - feet
  • hoof - hooves
  • tooth - teeth
Fairly common everyday objects set
  • (computer) mouse - (computer) mice
  • loaf - loaves
  • knife - knives
  • scarf - scarves