Chapter 10. Counting chickens in Luwo

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This contribution treats the number marking of nouns, numerals and the way these are used in counting in Luwo. This Western Nilotic language of South Sudan exhibits interesting patterns in the pluralisation of nouns, which have to do with the grammatical marking of nominal aspect. Moreover, Luwo uses different number systems for different word classes, whereas number-inflection of nouns is semantically supercharged, while verbs and adjectives exhibit a semantically basic number-marking system. The semantics of nominal plurals, and the relevance of nominal aspect for a diachronic analysis of the nominal classifiers that seem to be underlying in the complex number-marking patterns of Western Nilotic languages, are investigated in detail in this paper.


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