query: associative plurals via noun-verb disagreement PS

Alexandra Aikhenvald A.Aikhenvald at LATROBE.EDU.AU
Fri Nov 14 02:22:03 UTC 2008

Dear David
This is a very common pattern in Manambu (there is a copy of my recent grammar in your library). Chapter 8 has alll the details.
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From: Discussion List for ALT on behalf of Nicholas Evans
Sent: Fri 14.11.2008 12:43
Subject: Re: query: associative plurals via noun-verb disagreement PS

David, this is very common in Australian languages. I have some discussion and data for this in Bininj Gun-wok on pp. 240-241 of my 2003 grammar (where I call them set-subset constructions); Ruth Singer has written some typological surveys of it under the rubric 'inclusory constructions'.
Best, Nick

----- Original Message -----
From: David Gil <gil at EVA.MPG.DE>
Date: Friday, November 14, 2008 2:40 am
Subject: query: associative plurals via noun-verb disagreement PS

> PS on previous posting:
> Misha Daniel, with whom I have been having a lengthy discussion 
> on these 
> matters, has just reminded me that I forgot to cite an important 
> source 
> on this construction, Grev Corbett's 2000 book on Number, where 
> (pp. 
> 191-192) three other languages are cited as having ASPDs:  
> the Talitsk 
> dialect of Russian (citing Bogdanov 1968, though Misha himself 
> tells me 
> that he has failed to confirm the veracity of the data), Maltese 
> (citing 
> Ray Fabri p.c.), and Haruai, apparently only with pronominal 
> subjects 
> (citing Bernard Comrie p.c.).
> David
> -- 
> David Gil
> Department of Linguistics
> Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
> Deutscher Platz 6, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany
> Telephone: 49-341-3550321 Fax: 49-341-3550119
> Email: gil at eva.mpg.de
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Prof. Nicholas Evans
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