Volume 20, Issue 2
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The aim of this paper is to provide a preliminary investigation into the nominal system of Wapishana, focusing on the count vs. mass distinction, which is grammatically encoded in this language. Evidence for this distinction can be identified in the constraints imposed by the presence of numerals, number marking, and quantifiers. Nouns such as ‘water’ do not combine with numerals, whereas other words such as ‘jaguar’ do. The suffixation of the morpheme to express plurality seems to be optional and may even be blocked by the presence of numerals. The language exhibits specialized quantifiers for count, liquid, and non-liquid mass nouns.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): count; mass; number; quantifiers; Wapishana
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