Quantification in Imbabura Quichua

  • Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein
  • Cansada Martin
  • Pamela Munro
  • Jos Tellings
Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 97)


After presenting some basic genetic, historical and typological information about Quichua, this chapter outlines the quantification patterns it expresses. It illustrates various semantic types of quantifiers, such as generalized existential, generalized universal, proportional, definite and partitive which are defined in “ The Quantifier Questionnaire”. It partitions the expression of the semantic types into morpho-syntactic classes: Adverbial type quantifiers and Determiner type quantifiers. For the various semantic and morpho-syntactic types of quantifiers it also distinguishes syntactically simple and syntactically complex quantifiers, as well as issues of distributivity and scope interaction, classifiers and measure expressions, and existential constructions. The chapter describes structural properties of determiners and quantified noun phrases in Quichua, both in terms of internal structure (morphological or syntactic) and distribution.


Quichua Quantification patterns Semantic Morpho-syntactic Quantifiers Classifiers Determiners Quantified noun phrases 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein
    • 1
  • Cansada Martin
    • 2
  • Pamela Munro
    • 3
  • Jos Tellings
    • 3
  1. 1.Independent scholarBrooklynUSA
  2. 2.Independent scholarBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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