Abstract

Abstract:

Number words in several Tungag-Nalik languages are morphologically complex. This kind of complexity is not the result of arithmetic operations but has its origin in the sequence of successive Proto-Oceanic number words. In this paper, the term sequential number word formation is used to designate this pattern. As sequential number word formation is also found in several other Meso-Melanesian languages and non-Austronesian languages of New Ireland and New Britain, it is likely to be an areal feature.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-9421
Print ISSN
0029-8115
Pages
pp. 231-242
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-14
Open Access
No
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