English prepositional numeral constructions
This paper discusses the syntactic properties of 'prepositional numeral constructions (PNCs)' in English, which is exemplified by ‘about 250 babies’ and ‘over 16,000 animals’. In PNCs a preposition is followed by a numeral. Previous analyses have claimed that the preposition and the numeral make a prepositional phrase in PNCs, but we argue that this is not a satisfactory approach. In HPSG there are some possible analyses that might be proposed, but there are reasons for supposing that the best analysis is one in which the preposition is a functor, a non-head selecting a numeral head.