The typology of Pamean number systems and the limits of Mesoamerica as a linguistic area

  title={The typology of Pamean number systems and the limits of Mesoamerica as a linguistic area},
  author={Heriberto Avelino},
Abstract Pamean languages have been considered to be outside of the Mesoamerican linguistic area. However, the number systems of Pamean show typical Mesoamerican structures: order of constituents Multiplier-Base-Addend, and systems with bases 10 and 20. Pamean languages have a typologically unusual, but consistent base 8. The present study presents a formal characterization of Pamean number systems. The distribution and peculiarities of Pamean number systems are explained as a result of their… 

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