By Ferdinand von Mengden
The booklet embeds an outline and an research of the outdated English numeral procedure right into a broader, cross-linguistic dialogue. It presents a theoretical framework for the learn of numerals and numeral platforms of usual languages, bridging the distance among fresh findings within the cognitive sciences on numeracy and the recognized typological generalisations on cardinal numerals.
The previous English numeral process exhibits a couple of peculiarities no longer present in the present-day languages of Europe. Its particular description is hence a fantastic locus for learning the positive factors of linguistic quantity expressions when it comes to their morpho-syntactic houses and of the constitution of numeral systems.
The strategy is leading edge in that it combines an in depth research of the numeral approach with the research of the grammatical houses of cardinal numerals. For the outline of outdated English, the research makes a speciality of points of knowledge constitution and of referent id in quantificational buildings. This ends up in a unique point of view 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 learn of numerals and to supply replacement causes.
Rather than seeing numerals as a hybrid note type, the writer argues that this transformation within the morpho-syntactic behaviour follows identifiable styles particular to the note category numeral. He debts for those styles through positing diverse, cross-linguistically uniform phases within the emergence of numeral structures, in addition to various levels of discreteness of the quantified noun. in addition, the writer demonstrates that the limitations settling on this change in previous English have noticeable parallels throughout languages.