Number – Constructions and Semantics

Case studies from Africa, Amazonia, India and Oceania

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This book is the outcome of several decades of research experience, with contributions by leading scholars based on long-term field research. It combines approaches from descriptive linguistics, anthropological linguistics, socio-historical studies, areal linguistics, and social anthropology. The key concern of this ground-breaking volume is to investigate the linguistic means of expressing number and countable amounts, which differ greatly in the world’s languages. It provides insights into common number-marking devices and their not-so-common usages, but also into phenomena such as the absence of plurals, or transnumeral forms. The different contributions to the volume show that number is of considerable semantic complexity in many languages worldwide, expressing all kinds of extendedness, multiplicity, salience, size, and so on. This raises a number of challenging questions regarding what exactly is described under the slightly monolithic label of ‘number’ in most descriptive approaches to the languages of the world.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 151]  2014.  xv, 366 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of tables, maps and figures
vii–x
Abbreviations
xi–xiv
Preface
xv–xvi
Chapter 1. One size fits all?: On the grammar and semantics of singularity and plurality
Anne Storch and Gerrit J. Dimmendaal
1–32
Chapter 2. Number and noun categorisation: A view from north-west Amazonia
Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
33–56
Chapter 3. Pluractionality and the distribution of number marking across categories
Gerrit J. Dimmendaal
57–76
Chapter 4. Figuratively speaking – number in Kharia
John Peterson
77–110
Chapter 5. Number in Kambaata
Yvonne Treis
111–134
Chapter 6. The history of numeral classifiers in Teiwa (Papuan)
Marian A.F. Klamer
135–166
Chapter 7. Number and numeration in Nêlêmwa and Zuanga (New Caledonia): Ontologies, definiteness and pragmatics
Isabelle Bril
167–198
Chapter 8. When number meets classification: The linguistic expression of number in Baïnounk languages
Alexander Cobbinah and Friederike Lüpke
199–220
Chapter 9. Number in Dinka
Torben Andersen
221–264
Chapter 10. Counting chickens in Luwo
Anne Storch
265–282
Chapter 11. Number in South-Bauchi West languages (Chadic, Nigeria)
Bernard Caron
283–308
Chapter 12. Number and numerals in Zande
Helma Pasch
309–328
Chapter 13. Numerals in Papuan languages of the Greater Awyu family
Lourens de Vries
329–354
Author index
355–358
Language index
359–362
Subject index
363–366
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2013046346