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LINGUIST List 17.3171

Mon Oct 30 2006

Qs: Numbers and Counting

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        1.    Dan Everett, Numbers and Counting

Message 1: Numbers and Counting
Date: 24-Oct-2006
From: Dan Everett <dlevereilstu.edu>
Subject: Numbers and Counting


I am interested in collecting names of ethnic/linguistic groups that are
known to have lacked more than a few words for number (or none) but then
borrowed number words from another language and began counting as they
needed to (such as entering into economic relationships with other ethnic

If you could send me the names of such groups with a brief summary of the
facts (e.g. when the borrowed the number words, when they began counting,
what the circumstances were, etc.) that would be extremely helpful. I will
post a summary if there are enough responses.

Thanks very much,

Dan Everett

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Cognitive Science

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