Friday, 12 October 2012

Exactitude

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 318):
An inexact Numerative expression may be exact in the context; for example, just as many trains (‘as mentioned before’), the next train (‘from now on’). On the other hand, an exact Numerative expression may be made inexact by submodification, as in about ten trains, almost the last train.

Ordinatives

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 318, 322):
The ordering Numeratives (or ‘ordinatives’) specify either an exact place in order (ordinal numerals …) or an inexact place ( eg … subsequent …). …
An ordinal is a kind of superlative cardinal: third = ‘three-est’; that is, identified by being at number three.

Quantitatives

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 318):
The quantifying Numeratives (or ‘quantitatives’) specify either an exact number (cardinal numerals …) or an inexact number ( eg … manylots of …).

Numerative: Function

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 317):
The Numerative element indicates some numerical feature of the particular subset of the Thing: either quantity or order, either exact or inexact.