Formal approaches to number in Slavic and beyond

Mojmír Dočekal   Marcin Wągiel  


The goal of this collective monograph is to explore the relationship between the cognitive notion of number and various grammatical devices expressing this concept in natural language with a special focus on Slavic. The book aims at investigating different morphosyntactic and semantic categories including plurality and number-marking, individuation and countability, cumulativity, distributivity and collectivity, numerals, numeral modifiers and classifiers, as well as other quantifiers. It gathers 19 contributions tackling the main themes from different theoretical and methodological perspectives in order to contribute to our understanding of cross-linguistic patterns both in Slavic and non-Slavic languages.


  • Preface
    Mojmír Dočekal, Marcin Wągiel
  • Number in natural language from a formal perspective
    Marcin Wągiel, Mojmír Dočekal
  • Conceptual representation of lexical and grammatical number
    Evidence from SNARC and size congruity effect in the processing of Polish nouns
    Piotr Gulgowski, Joanna Błaszczak
  • Strongly non-countable nouns
    Strategies against individuality
    Scott Grimm, Ellise Moon, Adam Richman
  • Syntactic reduplication and plurality
    On some properties of NPN subjects and objects in Polish and English
    Wiktor Pskit
  • Implications of the number semantics of NP objects for the interpretation of imperfective verbs in Polish
    Dorota Klimek-Jankowska, Joanna Błaszczak
  • The syntax of plural marking
    The view from bare nouns in Wolof
    Suzana Fong
  • Uniqueness and maximality in German and Polish
    A production experiment
    Radek Šimík, Christoph Demian
  • Slavic derived collective nouns as spatial and social clusters
    Marcin Wągiel
  • Conjunction particles and collective predication
    Magdalena Roszkowski
  • Cumulation cross-linguistically
    Nina Haslinger, Eva Rosina, Magdalena Roszkowski, Viola Schmitt, Valerie Wurm
  • Distinguishing belief objects
    Nina Haslinger, Viola Schmitt
  • Splitting atoms in natural language
    Andreas Haida, Tue Trinh
  • Deconstructing base numerals
    English and Polish 10, 100, and 1000
    Heidi Klockmann
  • The architecture of complex cardinals in relation to numeral classifiers
    Yuta Tatsumi
  • Even superlative modifiers
    Flóra Lili Donáti, Yasutada Sudo
  • Classifiers make a difference
    Kind interpretation and plurality in Hungarian
    Brigitta R. Schvarcz, Borbála Nemes
  • Some, most, all in a visual world study
    Barbara Tomaszewicz-Özakın
  • Group-denoting vs. counting
    Against the scalar explanation of children’s interpretation of ‘some’
    Katalin É. Kiss, Lilla Pintér, Tamás Zétényi
  • Two kinds of ‘much’ in Greek
    Mina Giannoula
  • Final words
    Mojmír Dočekal, Marcin Wągiel



Mojmír Dočekal, Masaryk University

Mojmír Dočekal is an associate professor at the Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages at the Masaryk University. His research interests comprise compositional semantics and experimental semantics. He has published on negation, pluralities, count-mass, and NPIs. He organized several formal linguistic conferences (FDSL, SinfonIJA, CFG) and co-edited their proceedings.

Marcin Wągiel, Masaryk University

Marcin Wągiel is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages at the Masaryk University in Brno, where he completed a Ph.D. thesis on subatomic quantification in natural language. Marcin's research areas are compositional semantics, the syntax/semantics interface including morphosemantics, and linguistic typology. He focuses mainly on quantification, plurality, collectivity and distributivity, modification, genericity, and comparison in Slavic as well as in a broader cross-linguistic perspective.

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Dočekal, Mojmír & Wągiel, Marcin (eds.). 2021. Formal approaches to number in Slavic and beyond. (Open Slavic Linguistics 5). Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5082006


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