Trial Number ( Concept )

      |_ Abstract
            |_ Linguistic Property
                  |_ Morphosyntactic Property
                        |_ Number Property
                              |_ Trial Number


The trial is for referring to three distinct real world entities. [Corbett 2000: 21]

Usage Notes
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A note on minimal/augmented systems (and also minimal/unit-augmented/augmented). In some languages which have an inclusive/exclusive distinction in the first person, the firstPersonInclusive may use the morphology which otherwise expresses trialNumber, even though the semantics of firstPersonInclusive entail that it cannot be trial. There is an analysis of this in which the morphology is seen as representing the minimal number associated with the particular person value. Under such a system, the label 'minimal' can be mapped onto the concept trialNumber, except if one is dealing with firstPersonInclusive minimal, which would be mapped onto the concept pluralNumber [Corbett 2000, 166-169] (incomplete). Ln There is an important theoretical question about whether minimal/unit-augmented/augmented should be considered separate concepts in the GOLD ontology. The main argument for this is that under such systems, the number values dual and trial are expressed only on the first PersonInclusive by using the morphology otherwise associated with singular and dual respectively. However, as it is possible to specify a mapping from one system onto the other, we allow for a COPE to deal with this substantive issue while ensuring interoperability.

Language Code: alo Example from Larike
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In this example from Larike (alo), trialNumber is expressed on the pronoun:

Duma hima aridu naʔa
house that 1.TRIAL.EXCL
'We three own that house'

Corbett refers to this language as one with a 'true' trial. That is, there is a morpheme that refers to precisely three, as opposed to some reported trials that seem to have a paucal function.

Corbett (2002: 21) from Ladig and Ladig (1990)


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