Protoform: GAA.2A [PN] Plural marker preposed to definite or specific nouns; reanalyzed as plural definite article in a number of languages

Description: Plural marker preposed to definite or specific nouns; reanalyzed as plural definite article in a number of languages
Reconstruction: Reconstructs to PN: Polynesian
Notes:

*8 Note. Ton -hi = `i "of" (Cwd).

Pollex entries:

Language Reflex Description Source
Anuta Nga Definite article plural (Fbg)
Easter Island ŋa Prefix used with nouns to indicate plurality (Fts)
Emae Ga Plural article (Clk)
Hawaiian Naa Plural definite article (Pki)
Kapingamarangi Ni(a) Plural specific article Phonologically Irregular (Lbr)
Luangiua ŋaa Definite article plural (Smd)
Manihiki-Rakahanga Na Plural definite article Phonologically Irregular (Krk)
Moriori Ka Plural definite article (Shd)
New Zealand Maori Nga Definite article plural (Wms)
New Zealand Maori Ngaa/i A prefix to a personal name used as the tribal name Problematic (Bgs)
Nukumanu Na Plural definite article (Trt)
Nukuoro De/nga The (several); each of (Crl)
Pukapuka Naa Plural definite article Phonologically Irregular (Sby)
Rennellese Na(a) Plural definite article preceding nouns Phonologically Irregular (Ebt)
Sikaiana Naa The (pl.) (Sps)
Takuu Naa Plural definite article (Mle)
Tikopia Ngaa Definite article plural (Fth)
Tokelau Naa Plural definite article Phonologically Irregular (Sma)
Tongan Ngaa/hi The commonest of the plural signs; used with things, relatives, friends, enemies, gods, kings, collective nouns, classes, bunches (Cwd)
Tuvalu Gaa Nominal prefix indicating occurrence in groups (Rby)
Vaeakau-Taumako Nga School of, group of (plural collective quantifier) (Hvn)
Vaeakau-Taumako Ngha, na/nga (obs.) Article (plural specific) (Hvn)
Vaeakau-Taumako Na/nga/i Some (article, plural, non-specific) (Hvn)
Vaeakau-Taumako Tha/nga Group of, lot of (plural quantifer) (Hvn)
West Futuna (H)ga- Plural or collective prefix (Dty)
West Futuna Ga/tama Children (Dty)

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