Number in Balinese

Wayan Arka, Mary Dalrymple

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    Abstract

    Nominal number in Balinese varies in expression. All Balinese pronouns are singular, in violation of Greenberg’s Universal 42 (‘All languages have pronominal categories involving at least three persons and two numbers’). Non-reduplicated common nouns have general number, and regular and associative plural constructions allow for expression of nominal plurality. Common nouns can also be reduplicated, which often (but not always) indicates plural meaning. In the verbal domain, reduplication is a derivational process which can imply rather than encode plural meaning. We also examine the semantics of nominal plurality in Balinese and the availability of inclusive/exclusive plural readings.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Grammatical Number
    Editors Patricia Cabredo Hofherr and Jenny Doetjes
    Place of PublicationLondon UK
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Pages682-700
    ISBN (Print)9780198795858
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

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