Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details

Linguistic Typology

Ed. by Plank, Frans

IMPACT FACTOR increased in 2015: 0.455

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2015: 0.663
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2015: 1.377
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2015: 0.719

99,00 € / $149.00 / £75.00*

See all formats and pricing

Select Volume and Issue


30,00 € / $42.00 / £23.00

Get Access to Full Text

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

*Correspondence address:Department of Linguistics, University of California at Berkeley, 1203 Dwinelle Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-2650, U.S.A.

Citation Information: Linguistic Typology. Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 41–60, ISSN (Online) 1613-415X, ISSN (Print) 1430-0532, DOI: 10.1515/LINGTY.2006.002, October 2006

Publication History

Published Online:


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 location at the border of a major linguistic area. Northern Pame has 8 as the only productive base, whereas Central Pame and Southern Pame show a greater influence of Mesoamerican traits.

Keywords: cardinal numerals; linguistic area; Mesoamerica; number systems; numeral; Pamean

Citing Articles

Here you can find all Crossref-listed publications in which this article is cited. If you would like to receive automatic email messages as soon as this article is cited in other publications, simply activate the “Citation Alert” on the top of this page.

Stuart I. Granshaw
The Photogrammetric Record, 2012, Volume 27, Number 138, Page 134
Frans Plank
Linguistic Typology, 2009, Volume 13, Number 2

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.