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Number and plural semantics: Empirical evidence from Marori

Arka, Wayan; Dalrymple, Mary

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This paper presents new empirical evidence from Marori (a Papuan language of Southern New Guinea) for the semantics of number in a complex number system. Marori has a basic three-way number system, singular/dual/plural. Marori is notable for showing distributed number exponence and constructed number strategies, in sharp contrast with familiar two-way, morphologically simpler number systems in languages such as English. Unlike in English, the reference of plurals in Marori in many contexts is...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/217568
Source: NUSA: Linguistic studies of languages in and around Indonesia
DOI: .15026/87445

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