By Ferdinand von Mengden
The booklet embeds an outline and an research of the outdated English numeral process right into a broader, cross-linguistic dialogue. It presents a theoretical framework for the learn of numerals and numeral platforms of common languages, bridging the distance among fresh findings within the cognitive sciences on numeracy and the identified typological generalisations on cardinal numerals.
The previous English numeral process exhibits a few peculiarities now not present in the present-day languages of Europe. Its exact description is as a result an awesome locus for learning the gains of linguistic quantity expressions by way of their morpho-syntactic houses and of the constitution of numeral systems.
The process is leading edge in that it combines a close research of the numeral process with the research of the grammatical homes of cardinal numerals. For the outline of outdated English, the research makes a speciality of facets of knowledge constitution and of referent identity in quantificational buildings. This results in a unique standpoint at the language-internal version within the contract styles among numerals and quantified nouns, permitting the writer to check and refine a few lengthy status tenets within the research of numerals and to provide replacement factors.
Rather than seeing numerals as a hybrid notice type, the writer argues that this modification within the morpho-syntactic behaviour follows identifiable styles particular to the be aware category numeral. He debts for those styles by way of positing assorted, cross-linguistically uniform phases within the emergence of numeral platforms, in addition to various levels of discreteness of the quantified noun. additionally, the writer demonstrates that the restrictions making a choice on this change in previous English have noticeable parallels throughout languages.
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Cardinal Numerals: Old English from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective (Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL]) by Ferdinand von Mengden