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LINGUIST List 22.2747

Tue Jul 05 2011

Qs: Quantifier-floating Numerals

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        1.     Dustin Chacón , Quantifier-floating Numerals

Message 1: Quantifier-floating Numerals
Date: 02-Jul-2011
From: Dustin Chacón <dustin.alfonsogmail.com>
Subject: Quantifier-floating Numerals
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Hi everyone,

I have seen in a handful of languages the ability to strand numerals in a
manner reminiscent of quantifier float in English. For example, in
Bengali, the following is possible:

chele kalke dujon bangladeshe jabe
boy tomorrow two.Cl to Bangladesh will go
''tomorrow, two boys will go to Bangladesh''

However, the only languages im familiar with that do something like this
are head-final classifier languages. I'm curious to see how widespread
of a phenomenon this is, and whether it might be tied in some
meaningful way to numeral classifier marking, head finality, or both.

Is this possible in your pet language(s)? What does number marking
look like in that language, are there numeral classifiers, and what is the
(predominant) word order like? Are you aware of any meaningful
semantic distinctions between num-floating and not?

I'd be more than happy to write a summary of what you kind folks tell
me. Thanks!

Dustin Chacón

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
                            Syntax
                            Typology


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