Several, few and many

Richard S. Kayne

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    Abstract

    The proper analysis of several, few, and many involves the hypothesis that each is a modifier of a usually unpronounced counterpart of the noun number. In the case of few and many, there is close link to overt phrases like a small number or a large number. Several is more complex and arguably involves a hidden comparative structure. The relation between these elements and numerals is also discussed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)832-858
    Number of pages27
    JournalLingua
    Volume117
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    StatePublished - May 2007

    Keywords

    • Comparative
    • Decomposition
    • Every
    • Few
    • Many
    • Number
    • Numeral
    • Quantity
    • Several
    • Silent

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Linguistics and Language

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