Cardinal numerals in rural sign languages: Approaching cross-modal typology

  title={Cardinal numerals in rural sign languages: Approaching cross-modal typology},
  author={Zeshan Ulrike and C{\'e}sar Ernesto Escobedo Delgado and Hasan Dikyuva and Sibaji Panda and Connie de Vos},
Abstract This article presents data on cardinal numerals in three sign languages from small-scale communities with hereditary deafness. The unusual features found in these data considerably extend the known range of typological variety across sign languages. Some features, such as non-decimal numeral bases, are unattested in sign languages, but familiar from spoken languages, while others, such as subtractive sub-systems, are rare in sign and speech. We conclude that for a complete typological… Expand
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