Paj-Puj: Dropping the Plural Suffix: In "How Many...?" Questions

Dropping the Plural Suffix: In "How Many...?" Questions

كۆپلۈك قوشۇمچىسىنىڭ چۈشۈپ قالغىنى: «قانچە...؟» ياكى «نەچچە...؟» دېگەن سوئاللاردا

In "how many...?" type questions that use the question pronouns قانچە or نەچچە, the noun being asked about does not take the plural the way it would in English (e.g., "how many girls?", "how many apples?"). The reason is, more or less, the same as the one for dropping the plural when the noun is quantified by a concrete number - قانچە and نەچچە are seen as concrete numbers in Uyghur (just in question form).

How many people work at your company?
شىركىتىڭىزدە نەچچە خادىم ئىشلەيدۇ؟


References

  1. Personal research/experience
  2. Tarjei Engesæth, Mahire Yakup, Arienne M. Dwyer, "Greetings from the Teklimakan: a handbook of Modern Uyghur". University of Kansas: Kansas, 2009. (p. 73)