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date: 26 June 2019

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This chapter uses Optimality Theory to develop a typology of number distinctions on the noun (singular/plural) and article use (definite/indefinite). The interaction between a small number of violable constraints leads to a classification of languages with a fairly wide empirical coverage. The addition of more constraints allows for extensions and subgroups.

Keywords: optimality theory, singular, plural, article, definite, indefinite

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