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Diversity in the Numeral Systems of Australian Languages

Bowern, Claire; Zentz, Jason


While the numeral systems of Australian languages are small, they are not uniform. In this article we shed light on the extent of variation in small numeral systems by systematically surveying 189 languages from Pama-Nyungan and non-Pama-Nyungan families. We show that, contra previous assumptions, Australian languages vary extensively in the limits of their numeral system, in the ways in which smaller numerals may be combined to form larger ones, and in their ability to denote vague quantities...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Anthropological Linguistics
DOI: 10.1353/anl.2012.0008


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