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Title: Igala Numeral System: Preliminary Observations
Author: Salem Ochala Ejeba
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Institution: University of Port Harcourt
Linguistic Field: General Linguistics
Subject Language: Igala
Abstract: The numeral system of Igala displays mathematical operations of addition, multiplication and subtraction in the realisation of especially non-basic numbers in counting. It is displayed in this work that the Igala language attests to addition, multiplication and subtraction operations, particularly in the construction of higher numerals. It is also shown in this work that the language possesses in its structure characteristics which set it out as a quasi decimal and mixed vigesimal system.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the Linguistic Association of Nigeria (CLAN) on Language, Literature and Culture in a Multilingual Society, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria. 5th – 9th December 2011.


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