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Plural number words in the Alor-Pantar Languages

Corbett, GG, Klamer, M and Schapper, A (2014) Plural number words in the Alor-Pantar Languages In: The Alor-Pantar languages: History and typology. Studies in Diversity Linguistics . Language Sciences Press, Berlin, pp. 375-412. ISBN 978-3944675619

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Abstract

In this chapter, we investigate the variation in form, syntax and semantics of the plural words found across the Alor-Pantar languages. We study five AP languages: Western Pantar, Teiwa, Abui, Kamang and Wersing. We show that plural words in Alor-Pantar family are diachronically instable: although proto-Alor-Pantar had a plural number word *non, many AP languages have innovated new plural words. Plural words in these languages exhibit not only a wide variety of different syntactic properties but also variable semantics, thus likening them more to the range exhibited by affixal plural number than previously recognized.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages > English > Surrey Morphology Group
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Corbett, GGUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Klamer, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Schapper, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 6 September 2014
Additional Information : Published under a CC-BY license.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 18 Nov 2015 18:46
Last Modified : 18 Nov 2015 18:46
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/809077

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