Numerosity structures the expression of quantity in lexical numbers and grammatical number

Current Anthropology Vol/Iss. 56(5) University of Chicago Press Published In Pages: 638-653
By Overmann, Karenleigh A.


Lexical numbers (LNs) are a necessary predictor for grammatical number (GN)


Societies lacking GN and LNs (n=2) are significantly outnumbered by both societies possessing LNs beyond five or greater (the subitization threshold) but no GN (n=75), and by societies possessing LNs beyond five and GN (n=820).


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Comparison of percentagesSupportedn.a.n.a.n.a.


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Highest Number Counted (Lexical Number)DependentNumeration
Nominal Plurality (Grammatical Number)IndependentNumeration