Decomposability and Frequency in the Hindi/Urdu Number System

Abstract

Hindi/Urdu (HU) numbers 10–99 are highly irregular, unlike the transparent systems of most languages. I investigate the morphological decomposability of HU numbers using a series of computational models. While these models classify most forms accurately, problems are encountered in high-frequency forms of low cardinality, suggesting that some HU numbers are more transparent (i.e., morphologically decomposable) than others. These results are compatible with a dual-route access model proposed for the processing of numeral forms.


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