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By Ferdinand von Mengden

The e-book embeds an outline and an research of the outdated English numeral approach right into a broader, cross-linguistic dialogue. It presents a theoretical framework for the research of numerals and numeral platforms of ordinary languages, bridging the space among contemporary findings within the cognitive sciences on numeracy and the recognized typological generalisations on cardinal numerals.

The previous English numeral procedure indicates a couple of peculiarities now not present in the present-day languages of Europe. Its particular description is for that reason a fantastic locus for learning the beneficial properties of linguistic quantity expressions by way of their morpho-syntactic homes and of the constitution of numeral systems.
The method is cutting edge in that it combines an in depth research of the numeral procedure with the research of the grammatical houses of cardinal numerals. For the outline of outdated English, the learn makes a speciality of points of knowledge constitution and of referent identity in quantificational structures. This results in a singular standpoint at the language-internal edition within the contract styles among numerals and quantified nouns, permitting the writer to check and refine a few lengthy status tenets within the examine of numerals and to supply replacement factors.

Rather than seeing numerals as a hybrid observe classification, the writer argues that this change within the morpho-syntactic behaviour follows identifiable styles particular to the notice classification numeral. He debts for those styles through positing diversified, cross-linguistically uniform levels within the emergence of numeral structures, in addition to various levels of discreteness of the quantified noun. furthermore, the writer demonstrates that the restrictions deciding on this change in previous English have noticeable parallels throughout languages.

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