Datapoint Berbice Dutch/Occurrence of nominal plural markers

When preceded by a numeral or quantifier, plurality is not normally marked on the noun, although it is certainly not unacceptable. Count nouns with nonspecific reference also optionally appear with the plural suffix. The reduplication of nouns involves a pluralizing semantic effect; this is the only context where plural marking appears to be unacceptable.

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Variable plural marking of human or inanimate nouns

Example 28-44:
namblu alma das jɛnda danga
namblu
horse
alma
all
das
hab
jɛn-da
be-there
danga
there
Even horses are there.

Source: Kouwenberg 2007a: 441

Example 28-45:
jɛrma doko gaugau
jɛrma
woman
doko
paddle
gau-gau
quick-quick
Women paddle with short, quick strokes.

Source: Kouwenberg 2007a: 445

Example 28-46:
eni bi eni das mini namapu kɛkɛ hatibeʃapu
eni
3pl
bi
say
eni
3pl
das
hab
mini
swallow
nama-apu
meat-pl
kɛkɛ
like
hatibeʃi-apu
bush.deer-pl
They say they swallow animals, such as bush deer.

Source: Kouwenberg 2007a: 445

Example 28-47:
langi titi kɛnapu wa sɛtɛ kɛkɛ dalki titi kɛnapu ka
langi
long
titi
time
kɛnɛ-apu
person-pl
wa
pst
sɛtɛ
stay
kɛkɛ
like
dalki
now
titi
time
kɛnɛ-apu
person-pl
ka
neg
People of long ago didn't live like people of nowadays.

Source: Kouwenberg 2007a: 445

Example 28-48:
o habo twɛ jɛrmatoko
o
3sg
habu
have
twɛ
two
jɛrma-toko
woman-child
She has two daughters.

Source: Kouwenberg 1994a: 239

Confidence:
Very certain