That actually sounds interestingly different from the Chinese and Vietnamese systems (as I understand them), which are simply measure words. Whereas this sounds like derivation. Seems like they could play a role in genitive constructions as well, if you wanted that.Theta wrote:They're kind of like the measure words of Chinese or the classifiers in Vietnamese. Basically the way they work is similar to adjectives. Let's say there's a classifier for animate entities i.e. animals, people, and weather or something. This would go in front of all root nouns that pertain to that type of entity. However, there could be more than one classifier per root, like if you had the inanimate objects classifier modifying the word for person it could mean 'statue' or 'drawing of a person'. Not all classifiers could go on any root, so they aren't as free as adjectives and they're more or less a closed class.
It does sound cool--especially if there are restrictions on noun-classifier pairing. My gut instinct is to say 'yay.' Although the question is not really how cool is this feature in isolation, but how well would it mesh with the rest of Giamulu.