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  1. double plural(Noun)

    A word doubly inflected for the plural grammatical number in relation to its singular form; e.g., child u2192 childra u2192 children, medium u2192 media u2192 medias.

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  1. Double plural

    A double plural is a plural form to which an extra suffix has been added, mainly because the original plural suffix had become unproductive and therefore irregular. So the form as a whole was no longer seen as a plural. Examples of this can be seen in the history of English and Dutch. Historically, the general English plural markers were not only -s or -en but also -ra/-ru. The ancient plural of child was "cildra/cildru", to which an -en suffix was later added when the -ra/-ru became unproductive; the Dutch plural form kind-er-en and the corresponding Zeelandic form kind-er-s are also double plurals which were formed in the same way as the English double plurals, while for example German and Limburgian have single plurals such as Kind-er.


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