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Offline zaba

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marking plurality
« on: December 04, 2014, 10:22:39 AM »
are there languages where:
1. singular and paucal both marked in one way (or not)
2. plural is marked another way

Or is that typologically unheard of?

Offline Daniel

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Re: marking plurality
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2014, 12:08:40 PM »
So there's no distinction between sg/pauc? In other words, you have just categories paucal and plural?

Not supposed to happen, according to this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Implicational_hierarchy#Morphology

I don't know of any particular examples.

I would be entirely surprised by a language that has a paucal/multal distinction only. The "one some many" type is fairly well attested. Is "one" privileged in every culture? I don't know.
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