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LINGUIST List 19.1302

Thu Apr 17 2008

Qs: Inflected Numerals

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        1.    Huib Kranendonk, Inflected Numerals


Message 1: Inflected Numerals
Date: 15-Apr-2008
From: Huib Kranendonk <huib.kranendonklet.uu.nl>
Subject: Inflected Numerals
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Dear all,

In several dialects of Dutch, numerals are inflected when they appear in
ellipsis:

(1) Ik heb vier(*e) boeken
I have four(*e) books

(2) Ik heb er viere
I have prt four-e

This affix never appears in attributive contexts (example (1)), nor when
the numeral is followed by an adjective:

(3) Ik heb vier(*e) groene
I have four(*e) green-e

I would be interested to hear about other languages in which inflection on
numerals is dependent on the syntactic configuration in which they appear.

Thanks a lot in advance,
Huib Kranendonk

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
                            Syntax
                            Typology

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