December 7th: Lisa Bylinina (LUCL, Leiden University) – Leiden
Date: Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
Time: 15:00 – 16:30
Location: Leiden, Matthias de Vrieshof 4/12
Speaker: Lisa Bylinina
Title: Grammar of Numerals And The Number Line
Some facts like these, reflecting grammatical splits on the number line, have been noted in linguistic literature but a systematic cross-linguistic picture is still missing. Where on the number line do these splits happen more often? Is ‘1 vs. the rest’ split more common than ‘1, 2, 3 vs. the rest’? Are there splits above 4? Are there interdependencies between splits (say, if a construction has no split after 1, it has no higher splits either)? These kinds of generalisations are relevant for theories of number cognition, suggesting a fundamental cognitive split around 4. I will report some findings of a typological study that aims to answer these questions (part of the ‘Language and Number’ project, a branch of NWO Horizon project ‘Knowledge and Culture’).