By Ferdinand von Mengden
The booklet embeds an outline and an research of the outdated English numeral procedure right into a broader, cross-linguistic dialogue. It presents a theoretical framework for the learn of numerals and numeral structures of typical languages, bridging the space among contemporary findings within the cognitive sciences on numeracy and the identified typological generalisations on cardinal numerals.
The previous English numeral procedure exhibits a few peculiarities no longer present in the present-day languages of Europe. Its distinctive description is consequently an amazing locus for learning the good points of linguistic quantity expressions when it comes to their morpho-syntactic homes and of the constitution of numeral systems.
The strategy is leading edge in that it combines a close research of the numeral method with the research of the grammatical houses of cardinal numerals. For the outline of outdated English, the research specializes in features of knowledge constitution and of referent id in quantificational structures. This results in a unique viewpoint at the language-internal edition within the contract styles among numerals and quantified nouns, permitting the writer to check and refine a few lengthy status tenets within the learn of numerals and to provide substitute causes.
Rather than seeing numerals as a hybrid notice category, the writer argues that this transformation within the morpho-syntactic behaviour follows identifiable styles particular to the be aware category numeral. He debts for those styles by means of positing assorted, cross-linguistically uniform levels within the emergence of numeral platforms, in addition to various levels of discreteness of the quantified noun. furthermore, the writer demonstrates that the restrictions selecting this modification in outdated English have visible parallels throughout languages.
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