How Different is Numeral “ONE”???
Keywords:Numeral system, ONE, Suppletion, Numeral Classifier language
Numerals are a very important part of the lexicon. This paper is an attempt to distinguish numeral “one” from other numerals. The properties that will be presented in this paper are specific to numeral one, for example, Kurukh have three allomorphs for numeral one depending on the function whether the form is counting or attributive, and carries what features. In many languages of India, one has two different forms; counting (cardinal form) and attributive form (as a modifier). Another interesting aspect we can see in ordinals and multiplicatives formation which is generally derivatives of respective cardinals, but with ONE the same is not true instead in many languages they are in suppletive form. Along with this the numeral classifier language and their unique relation with cardinal one will also be presented.