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Query Subject:   Evolution of number in Slavonic languages
Author:   Antonio Benítez
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Language Family:  Slavic Subgroup

Query:   Dear LigusitList members:

It would be extremely useful for me if anyone can suggest to me any idea about the following topics: 1) Distinctive features of the grammatical number in Slavonic languages, and 2) Main consequences of the disappearance of dual in Slavonic languages. I asked myself such things as: what morphological implications took this disappearance? (main consequences, I suppose concern the numeral phrase), and also, what typological implications should we expect when a language loose the dual number? I promise to post a note summarizing the huge amount (I hope) of answers I will surely receive.

Best regards,

LL Issue: 8.1471
Date posted: 12-Oct-1997


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