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paucal

(ˈpɔːkəl) grammar
n
(Linguistics) a grammatical number occurring in some languages for words in contexts where a few of their referents are described or referred to
adj
(Linguistics) relating to or inflected for this number
[from Latin paucus few]
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Adicionalmente, muchas lenguas poseen divisiones mas finas del plural, con categorias como dual, trial o paucal ("pocos").
some Oceanic languages), still others are able to indicate a few by using the paucal number (e.
339-48); Olga Kapeliuk, "Is There a Singulative and a Paucal Plural in Ethio-Semitic?" (pp.
Actualmente, ambos tipos de pronombres plurales parecen ser basicamente sinonimos; sin embargo, algunos hablantes encuentran ciertas diferencias entre ambos: mientras que las formas con -kama son claramente plurales, mitsu y atu son a veces interpretados como 'segunda persona dual' y atu 'tercera persona paucal', respectivamente.
In addition, five of the suffixes are not only used for the normal plural, but also for the paucal. Hunzib has 14 plural suffixes, -la is the most productive.
The last interesting pages are devoted to languages where the INC/EXC has been lost and especially to Tukang Besi (SE Sulawesi, according to Donohue) where the kami type is dual or paucal while the kita type is plural.
I do hot explore here the relationship between the paucal (pcl) feature and negation associated with e.g., few but not a few.
Languages with dual, trial, and paucal number are described, and the familiar singular/plural system of English is found to occupy but 'one corner of typological space'.