Chapter 12. Number and numerals in Zande

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In Zande singular and plural are distinguished morphologically on nouns, pronouns and verbs, but nouns and pronouns can also be marked for associative plural. While some number-mismatch can be observed with regard to the choice of pronouns in possessive constructions, number marking with regard to nouns follows transparent rules. The quantification of referents by a universal quantifier or by numerals can be expressed within the noun phrase as part of given information or from a post-predicate position as new information with an adverbial notion. Numerals and the universal quantifier are also used as self- standing adverbials and as bare nominals in the function of the predicates.


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