C?h?n s???x s?xng m??
C?h?n s???x m?? s??m t?w
C?h?n s???x s??? m??
C?h?n s???x m?? s?ib

Japanese, Korean and Chinese tend not to have separate plural forms for nouns, but use classifiers instead, like “rasher” in “five rashers of bacon”, or “head” in “ten head of cattle”. Surely Thai must do the same? In the list above, I went to Bangkok with my headmaster and I bought… two horses, three horses, four horses, five horses.? Let’s buy some bananas:

C?h?n s???x kl?wy
C?h?n s???x s??m kl?wy
C?h?n s???x s??? kl?wy
C?h?n s???x h??? kl?wy

That’s one banana, three bananas, four bananas, five bananas. No sign of either a plural form or a classifier there. It might be that Thai is very simple. It’s a bit alarming that the word order is very close to English, at least where bananas are concerned. But it might be a shortcoming of the alignment. I wonder what the source corpora were?

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