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LINGUIST List 18.2436

Sat Aug 18 2007

Qs: Word Order of Cardinals

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Message 1: Word Order of Cardinals
Date: 18-Aug-2007
From: Bingfu Lu <lubingfuyahoo.com>
Subject: Word Order of Cardinals
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Dear colleagues,

A colleague of mine is investigating the word order of ordinal numerals.
Based on her database of 112 languages in China, she got the following
implicational universal: If ordinal numeral precedes the head noun,
cardinal numerals does as well. Her data as shown below:
Ord-N & Card-N 53
N-Ord & N-Card 52
N-Ord & Card-N 15
N-Ord & N-Card 0

(some languages has two orders, therefore, the total numbers of languages
above is larger than 112).

We want to know the possible counterexamples and relevant literature and
data in other languages.

In addition, in some languages, cardinals morphologically belongs to
adjectives, such as Russian. We also need to know other languages where
cardinals morphologically are adjectives.

Replies to this inquiry can be send to my colleague Renping Jiang
(renpingjiang126.com) and me.


Bingfu Lu
Institute of Linguistics

Linguistic Field(s): Typology



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