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That said, minalbili are “two eyes”

and yoorilbeli are “two ears”.


Linguists call -lbili a  “dual” (TWO) suffix.


It is different from the Barngarla suffix -ri,

which creates the plural just like English -s.



Mina “eye”

Minalbili “2 eyes”

Minari “eyes”

Minailyarana “heaps of eyes”



Yoora “man”

Yooralbili “2 men”

Yoorari “men”

Yoorailyarana “heaps of men”


Revived Hebrew (which was a sleeping beauty

for 1750 years) also has a “dual”:


Shaa “hour”

Shaatayim “2 hours”

Shaot “hours”

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