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Mon Mar 4 1996

Sum: Grammatical Number

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  1. "Alan R. King", Sum: Grammatical number

Message 1: Sum: Grammatical number

Date: Mon, 04 Mar 1996 15:07:26 GMT
From: "Alan R. King" <>
Subject: Sum: Grammatical number

This is a summary of the replies I have received to my recent query on
LINGUIST asking for bibliographical references about grammatical
number. Those who provided information appearing in the following
summary are Joseph Davis, Nick Reid, Pius ten Hacken and John Verhaar,
whom I thank most sincerely.

My question began as follows:

I am thinking of writing something on the grammatical number system
(singular, plural and things like that) in Basque. Before doing so I
would like to have a look at the pertinent linguistics literature to
learn of current theories and work on this part of grammar, and more
especially the more typologically/funcionally/semantically oriented
parts thereof.

Perhaps my question was insufficiently clear, because I also received
responses discussing numeral systems, whereas my interest was
exclusively in grammatical number. While thanking those respondents
for their time and interest, I won't include their information here
since it is irrelevant to my intended question.

I have also eliminated from the following list those titles that
clearly refer to numeral classifiers, even though I think that issue
could arguably be subsumed under my question. Anybody with an
interest in classifier systems would in any case be advised to refer
to a more specialized (and no doubt very extensive) bibliography on
that issue.

There are no doubt other titles listed below that are hardly relevant
to my question (e.g. that on broken plurals in Tigrinya!), but without
checking (I still have not got to a library as I write this!) any line
I drew would have to rely on arbitrary guesswork, so I have refrained
from editing out further titles. Caveat emptor.

Nick Reid provided the info about Corbett's forthcoming book
(something to look forward to!). Joseph Davis recommended the Wallis
Reid reference highly, adding:

"It has a perspective that I think you will find nowhere else".

The work by ten Hacken is a Ph.D. dissertation in which, according to
its author:

"I discussed the question of in what circumstances a
category like number should be considered inflectional. I devoted
quite some attention to number (15 entries in the index), because
it is one of the "hard" cases, where simple approaches like the
one by Matthews (1974) tend to fail."

All the remaining references came from John Verhaar.


Alford, Danny K.
1977. "A plurality puzzle unraveled (or the importance of being
so?taa?e)." In: Whistler, Van Valin and Chiarello (eds) 1977.
[BLS 3].

Bach, Emmon
1975. "Nouns and noun phrases." In: Davidson and Harman (eds)

Biermann, Anna
1982. "Die grammatische kategori numerus." In: Seiler and Lehmann
(eds) 1982.

Bolling, George Melville
1933. "On the dual in Homer." Language 9.

Brasington, R.W.P.
1971. "Noun pluralization in Brazilian Portuguese." Journal of
Linguistics 7, 2.

Buse, J.E.
1966. "Number in Rarotongan Maori." In: Bazell, Catford,
Halliday, and Robins (eds) 1966.

Cantrall, William R.
1974. "The incorporation of viewpoint into noun phrases." In:
Heilmann (ed.) 1974, Vol. II.

Condoravdi, Cleo
1987. "Arbitrary reference, pro, and bare plurals." In: Need,
Schiller and Bosch (eds) 1987. [CLS 23]

Corbett, Greville G.
(in preparation). ??? [a companion volume to his book _Gender_].
Cambridge University Press.

Crowley, Terry
1985. "Common noun phrase marking in Proto-Oceanic". Oceanic
Linguistics 24, 1-2.

Deverson, Tony
1990. "'Women's constancy': A distinctive zero plural in New
Zealand English." Te Reo 33.

Durie, Mark 1986. "The grammaticalization of number as a verbal category."
In: Nikiforidou, VanClay, Niepokuj and Feder (eds) 1986. [BLS 11]

Forchheimer, Paul
1953. The category of person in language.

Frajzyngier, Zygmunt
1985. "Ergativity, number and agreement." In: Niepokuj, VanClay,
Nikiforidou, and Feder (eds) 1985. [BLS 11].

Goetze, Albrecht (= Gtze)
1946. "The Akkadian masculine plural in -anu\i and its Semitic
background." Language 22.

Harris, Alice C.
1978. "Number agreement in Modern Georgian." In: Comrie (ed.)

Hausser, Roland R.
1974. "Syntax and semantics of plural." In: LaGaly, Gox, and
Bruck (eds) 1974. [CLS 10].

Heringer, James T.
1969. "Indefinite noun phrases and referential opacity." In:
Binnick, Davison, Green and Morgan (eds). [CLS 5]

Hovdhaugen, Even
1989. "The morphology of plural verb formation in the Tokelauan
dialect of Nukunonu." In: Harlow and Hooper (eds) 1989.

Labov, William
1985. "The several logics of quantification." In: Niepokuj,
VanClay, Nikiforidou, and Feder (eds) 1985. [BLS 11].

Lockwood, W.B.
1975. Review of: Gud-mundsson, The pronominal dual in Icelandic.
Journal of Linguistics 11, 1.

Macaulay, Monica
1989. "The plural word in Chalcatongo Mixtec." In: Wiltshire,
Graczyk and Music (eds) 1989. [CLS 25].

Malsch, Derry L.
1987. "The grammaticalization of social relationship: The origin
of number to encode deference." In: Ramat, Carruba, and
Bernini (eds) 1987.

McKay, Graham R.
1978. "Pronominal person and number categories in Rembarrnga and
Djeebbana." Oceanic Linguistics 17, 1.

Moravcsik, Edith A.
1978. "Agreement." In: Greenberg (ed.) 1978 (Vol. 4).

Morgan, Jerry L.
1972. "Verb agreement as a rule of English." In: Peranteau, Levi
and Phares (eds) 1972. [CLS 8].

Mosel, Ulrike
1982. "Number, collection and mass in Tolai." In: Seiler and
Stachowiak (eds) 1982.

Munro, Pamela
1973. "Nominalization and plurality in Mojave." In: Corum,
Smith-Stark and Weiser (eds) 1973. [CLS 9, Paravolume].

Ostrowski, Manfred
1982. "Zum sdostwogulischen Akkusativ, Apprehension durch Numer
uskasus." In: Seiler and Stachowiak (eds) 1982.

Palmer, F.R.
1966. "The "broken plurals" of Tigrinya." In: Hamp, Householder
and Austerlitz (eds) 1966.

Scliar-Cabral, Leonot; Costabile-Massotti, Marcia T.; and Gime
nez-Roldan, Marcia M.
1978. "Acquisition of rules of noun number and verbal metaphony
in a Portuguese dialect." In: Dressler and Meid (eds) 1978.

Reid, Wallis
1991. _Verb and Noun Number in English:
A Functional Explanation_, London: Longman (ISBN 0-582-29158-5).

Sigler, Michele
1992. "Number agreement and specificity in Armenian. In: Canakis,
Chan, and Denton (eds) 1992 [CLS 28 Main].

Silverstein, Michael
1977. "Person, number, gender in Chinook: syntactic rule and
morphological analogy." In: Whistler, Van Valin and Chiarello
(eds) 1977. [BLS 3].

Smith-Stark, Cedric T.
1974. "The plurality split." In: LaGaly, Gox, and Bruck (eds)
1974. [CLS 10].

Song, Seok Choong
1975. "Rare plural marker and ubiquitous plural marker in Korean."
In: Grossman, San and Vance (eds) 1975. [CLS 11].

ten Hacken, Pius (1994), Defining Morphology: A Principled
Approach to Determining the Boundaries of Compounding, Derivation,
and Inflection, Olms, Hildesheim. ISBN 3-487-09891-1.

Coll. works referred to above:

Bazell, C.E.; Catford, J.C.; Halliday, M.A.K.; and Robins, R.H.
1966. (eds) In memoriam J.R. Firth

Comrie, Bernard (ed.)
1978. (ed.) Classification of grammatical categories

Davidson, Donald; and Harman, Gilbert
1975. (eds) The logic of grammar

Dressler, Wolfgang U.; and Meid, Wolfgang
1978. (eds) Proceedings of the Twelfth International Congress of

Greenberg, Joseph
1978. (ed.) Universals of human language. Volume 4.

Ramat, Anna Giacalone; Carruba, Onofrio; and Bernini, Giuliano
1987. (eds) Paper from the Seventh International Conference on
Historical Linguistics

Seiler, Hansjakob; and Lehmann, Christian
1982. (eds) Apprehension: Das sprachliche Erfassen von
Gegenstnden. Teil I: Bereich und Ordnung der Phnomene 1982.
[Language Universals Series 1/I]

Seiler, Hansjakob; and Stachowiak, Josef
1982. (eds) Apprehension: Das sprachliche Erfassen von
Gegenstnden. Teil II: Die Techniken und ihr Zusammenhang in
Einzelsprachen 1982. [Language Universals Series 1/II]

Alan R. King
Gipuzkoa, Basque Country
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