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Lecture

Discussion: non-obligatory number marking

Date
11 February 2019
Time
Series
Descriptive and Anthropological Linguistics Discussion Group
Address
Lipsius
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Room
1.48

Abstract

Maarten Mous will briefly present an article on number marking in Cushitic. One of the interesting properties described therein is the fact that number marking is not obligatory. Another one is that the singular is not always the base of derivation. These are phenomena that occur in many other languages. After the presentation Dr. Lisa Bylinina (who currently has a project on numerals) and Prof. dr. Jenny Doetjes (expert on semantics of quantification) will react from their general and theoretical expertise. The idea is to start a dialogue between language description and linguistic theory in which all sides profit and come to deeper insights.

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