By Ferdinand von Mengden
The booklet embeds an outline and an research of the outdated English numeral process right into a broader, cross-linguistic dialogue. It presents a theoretical framework for the examine of numerals and numeral structures of average languages, bridging the distance among contemporary findings within the cognitive sciences on numeracy and the recognized typological generalisations on cardinal numerals.
The previous English numeral method exhibits a couple of peculiarities no longer present in the present-day languages of Europe. Its targeted description is consequently a fantastic locus for learning the positive aspects of linguistic quantity expressions by way of their morpho-syntactic houses and of the constitution of numeral systems.
The strategy is leading edge in that it combines an in depth research of the numeral method with the research of the grammatical homes of cardinal numerals. For the outline of outdated English, the learn specializes in elements of knowledge constitution and of referent identity in quantificational structures. This results in a unique viewpoint at the language-internal edition within the contract styles among numerals and quantified nouns, permitting the writer to check and refine a few lengthy status tenets within the research of numerals and to supply replacement causes.
Rather than seeing numerals as a hybrid notice category, the writer argues that this change within the morpho-syntactic behaviour follows identifiable styles particular to the note category numeral. He bills for those styles by way of positing assorted, cross-linguistically uniform phases within the emergence of numeral platforms, in addition to various levels of discreteness of the quantified noun. additionally, the writer demonstrates that the limitations settling on this transformation in previous 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