Quantifying Modifiers in the Noun Phrase

J. Rijkhoff

in The Noun Phrase

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780198237822
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191706776 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory

Quantifying Modifiers in the Noun Phrase

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This chapter deals with constituents of the noun phrase (NP) that specify quantitative properties of the referent: number markers and numerals. The discussion is more on plural markers and not so much with liner distinctions in this domain such as dual, trial, quadral, or paucal number. Cardinal numerals are often grammatical elements but there are also quite a few languages in which cardinality is expressed by means of a construction that involves a lexical element, like a verb or a noun. The chapter also explores the grammatical expression of the notion quantity in the NP (quantity operators), as well as the ways in which this notion is given lexical expression (quantity satellites).

Keywords: noun phrase; number markers; numerals; cardinality; quantity; quantity satellites; quantity operators; grammatical expression

Chapter.  10960 words. 

Subjects: Semantics

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