Junker, M.-O., Salt, L., & Visitor, F. (2013). East Cree Nouns (Northern Dialect). [Revised from 2002 original edition] In The Interactive East Cree Reference Grammar. Retrieved from [URL]
Marie-Odile Junker, Luci Salt and Frances Visitor. East Cree Nouns (Northern Dialect). [Revised from 2002 original edition] In The Interactive East Cree Reference Grammar. 2013. Web. [date]
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Nouns inflected for Number
The word above comes in two forms: ᐊᐧᐋᔑᔥawaashish and ᐊᐧᐋᔑᔑᒡawaashishich. The second form is made up of the first form plus an ending: awaashish + ich.
The form ᐊᐧᐋᔑᔥawaashish is called the stem of the noun. When the form ᐊᐧᐋᔑᔥawaashish is used without any ending, it is called SINGULAR. It means that there is just one. When the second form ᐊᐧᐋᔑᔑᒡawaashishich is used, with the ending -ich , it is called PLURAL, and it means that there is more than one. This appears clearly when you use ‘one’, ‘two’ or ‘three’ with the noun:
This distinction between one and more than one is called NUMBER. Some nouns take another ending for their plural.
Nouns like ᐊᐧᐋᔑᔥawaashish are called ANIMATE Nouns and like ᒥᔅᒋᓐmischin are called INANIMATE Nouns (see Gender).