Plural number words in Alor-Pantar languages

Antoinette Schapper, Marian Klamer, Greville Corbett

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In this chapter, we investigate the variation in form, syntax and semantics of the
plural words found across the Alor-Pantar languages. We study five AP languages:
Western Pantar, Teiwa, Abui, Kamang and Wersing. We show that plural words in
Alor-Pantar family are diachronically instable: although proto-Alor-Pantar had a
plural number word *non, many AP languages have innovated new plural words.
Plural words in these languages exhibit not only a wide variety of different syntactic
properties but also variable semantics, thus likening them more to the range
exhibited by affixal plural number than previously recognized.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Alor-Pantar languages
Subtitle of host publicationHistory and typology
EditorsMarian Klamer
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherLanguage Science Press
ISBN (Print)978-3-944675-48-0
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameStudies in Diversity Linguistics
ISSN (Print)2363-5568


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