By Ferdinand von Mengden
The booklet embeds an outline and an research of the previous English numeral method right into a broader, cross-linguistic dialogue. It presents a theoretical framework for the learn of numerals and numeral platforms of usual languages, bridging the distance among fresh findings within the cognitive sciences on numeracy and the identified typological generalisations on cardinal numerals.
The previous English numeral approach indicates a few peculiarities no longer present in the present-day languages of Europe. Its precise description is as a result a terrific locus for learning the beneficial properties of linguistic quantity expressions when it comes to their morpho-syntactic houses and of the constitution of numeral systems.
The procedure is leading edge in that it combines an in depth research of the numeral approach with the research of the grammatical homes of cardinal numerals. For the outline of outdated English, the learn specializes in facets of data constitution and of referent id in quantificational structures. This ends up in a unique standpoint at the language-internal version 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 supply substitute motives.
Rather than seeing numerals as a hybrid observe category, the writer argues that this modification within the morpho-syntactic behaviour follows identifiable styles particular to the notice type numeral. He money owed for those styles by way of positing assorted, cross-linguistically uniform levels within the emergence of numeral platforms, in addition to various levels of discreteness of the quantified noun. in addition, the writer demonstrates that the restrictions selecting this transformation in outdated English have visible parallels throughout languages.
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Cardinal Numerals: Old English from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective (Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL]) by Ferdinand von Mengden