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Number is the most underestimated of the grammatical categories. It is deceptively simple yet the number system which philosophers, logicians and many linguists take as the norm - namely the distinction between singular and plural (as in cat versus cats) - is only one of a wide range of possibilities to be found in languages around the world. Some languages, for instance, make more distinctions than English, having three, four or even five different values. Adopting a wide-ranging perspective, Greville Corbett draws on ...

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    • Title: Number by Greville G. Corbett
    • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    • Print ISBN: 9780521640169, 0521640164
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    • Edition: 2000 1st edition
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