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  • n. Plural form of inanimate.


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  • Furthermore, the researchers noted that while children generally are taught in school that only plants and animals are alive, the traditional Menominee notion of "alive" includes natural inanimates, such as rocks and water, and may even include artifacts, depending on the purpose for which they were made.

    Marc Bekoff: Animals, Kids, and Slaughterhouse Effects on Crime

  • Witness page 56 of Archaic Syntax in Indo-European - The spread of transitivity 2000 where the theory is artfully destroyed in a pair of brief sentences:Yet cross-linguistic analysis has pointed out that ergative marking affects first of all inanimates, and only later animates.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • Some animates use l-genitives; some inanimates use s-genitives.

    Contradictions with authors' accounts of Etruscan word Rasna

  • So, given only an inanimate noun followed by a transitive verb, we know that the noun cannot be the agent of a transitive action nb. inanimates inherently can't act for themselves!

    Disproving a particular translation of TLE 193 once and for all

  • I've traced this odd quirk to the genitive endings *-ós and *-óm, the latter of which probably had originally been used for a seperate case altogether (perhaps once meaning “amongst” or “amidst”) which later acquired a collective nuance (hence its use in inanimates) and then finally a plural sense (hence the ending being used in animate genitive plurals).

    Genitival Misanalysis

  • The important difference between animates and inanimates afterall is the inflection of the nominative singular.

    Oops, I forgot about Thematicization

  • My thinking is that, due to phonotactic peculiarities, animates should have had more opportunities to develop thematic stems than inanimates did.

    Oops, I forgot about Thematicization

  • I recognize that the majority of zombies are simply hard-working, decent, family oriented ambulatory inanimates who are simply trying to get on with lifelessness.

    Idle Hands

  • Maybe the man or woman in the street could not register his movements, his glacial rotations, but to the five inanimates, they were overt, familiar, and up to speed.

    Skinny Legs and All

  • The catch was controlled by a brass knob, round and slippery, and it was quite impossible for the stick, by far the most dexterous of the inanimates, to manipulate it: he had tried on several occasions while his comrades were otherwise occupied.

    Skinny Legs and All


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