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LINGUIST List 25.2083

Sun May 11 2014

Books: Number – Constructions and Semantics: Storch, Dimmendaal (eds.)

Editor for this issue: Sara Couture <saralinguistlist.org>

Date: 07-May-2014
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: Number – Constructions and Semantics: Storch, Dimmendaal (eds.)
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Title: Number – Constructions and Semantics
Subtitle: Case studies from Africa, Amazonia, India and Oceania
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 151
Published: 2014
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: https://benjamins.com/catalog/slcs.151

Editor: Anne Storch
Editor: Gerrit J. Dimmendaal
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027270634 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027270634 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027270634 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027259165 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027259165 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027259165 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 111.30
Abstract:

This book is the outcome of several decades of research experience, with contributions by leading scholars based on long-term field research. It combines approaches from descriptive linguistics, anthropological linguistics, socio-historical studies, areal linguistics, and social anthropology. The key concern of this ground-breaking volume is to investigate the linguistic means of expressing number and countable amounts, which differ greatly in the world’s languages. It provides insights into common number-marking devices and their not-so-common usages, but also into phenomena such as the absence of plurals, or transnumeral forms. The different contributions to the volume show that number is of considerable semantic complexity in many languages worldwide, expressing all kinds of extendedness, multiplicity, salience, size, and so on. This raises a number of challenging questions regarding what exactly is described under the slightly monolithic label of ‘number’ in most descriptive approaches to the languages of the world.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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