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On numeral complexity in hunter-gatherer languages

Epps, Patience; Bowern, Claire; Hansen, Cynthia A; Hill, Jane; Zentz, Jason


Numerals vary extensively across the world's languages, ranging from no precise numeral terms to practically infinite limits. Particularly of interest is the category of "small" or low-limit numeral systems; these are often associated with hunter-gatherer groups, but this connection has not yet been demonstrated by a systematic study. Here we present the results of a wide-scale survey of hunter-gatherer numerals. We compare these to agriculturalist languages in the same regions, and consider...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Linguistic Typology
DOI: 10.1515/lingty-2012-0002


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