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Decomposing form and meaning of cardinal numerals across languages

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Year of publication 2021
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Faculty of Arts

Description In this paper, I discuss various linguistic strategies to mark the distinction between counting parts of a plurality and reference to number concepts attested across a broad sample of typologically and genetically diverse languages. I propose that the attested marking patterns can be captured by assuming an underlying universal semantic structure that can be mapped onto a number of formal exponents which can pronounce either the whole structure or its part.
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