Number by Greville G. CorbettNumber by Greville G. Corbett


byGreville G. Corbett

Paperback | January 29, 2001

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Number is the most underestimated of the grammatical categories. It is deceptively simple yet distinctions in number (as in cat versus cats ) vary considerably from language to language. Some languages, for instance, make more distinctions than English, having three, four or even five different values. This book draws on examples from many languages to analyze the possibilities and reveals that the world's linguistic resources are richer than even many linguists realize. It is intended for linguistic students and teachers and is an ideal entry to linguistic typology.
Title:NumberFormat:PaperbackDimensions:380 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.83 inPublished:January 29, 2001Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521649706

ISBN - 13:9780521649704


Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Introduction; 2. Meaning distinctions; 3. Items involved in the Nominal Number System; 4. Integrating number values and the Animacy Hierarchy; 5. The expression of number; 6. The syntax of number; 7. Other uses of number; 8. Verbal number; 9. Conclusion and new challenges.

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"The standard not only for other textbooks in linguistics but also for all works dealing with a grammatical category." General Linguistics