The semantics of Turkish numeral constructions

  • Yağmur Sağ


This paper explores Turkish numeral constructions, which have typologically two interesting properties: (i) the existence of an optional classifier, (ii) the incompatibility of plurals with them. I argue that numerals are modifiers of type <<e,t>,<e,t>> defined only for atomic properties (Ionin and Matushansky 2006). The explanation rests on the semantics of bare singulars proposed to denote sets of atoms (contra Bale et al. 2010), and the semantics of the classifier claimed to be a partial identity function presupposing atomic properties.
How to Cite
Sağ, Y. (2019). The semantics of Turkish numeral constructions. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 22(2), 307-324. Retrieved from