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If yes, does any language have this feature?

By 'half-plural' I mean, somewhere between singular and plural, but not dual, trial, or quadral.

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    Uncountable nouns? – vectory May 5 '19 at 10:07
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    From your comment, I think you might believe that "paucal" is derived from "five". It isn't. It just means "a few, an unspecified small number >2", it has nothing to do with five. If you're a speaker of a Slavic language I could see this mistake as an easy one to make. – Mark Beadles May 5 '19 at 14:29
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    That doesnt answer my question: do you think that paucal means "relating to 5 items"? The way you list it after dual, trial, and quadral, and your answer to sumelic make it seem like you do. – Mark Beadles May 6 '19 at 1:10
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    Yes, I think that paucal relates to five items – Rock May 6 '19 at 17:26
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    Rock, ok, that is the source of your confusion. "Paucal" just means "relating to a few items", and it is actually the most direct answer to your question. I asked your native tongue because I know that many languages have a number for 5 that sort of sounds like "paucal", such as Lithuanian penki or Polish pięć; and I suspected that you might have assumed that "paucal" was related. – Mark Beadles May 6 '19 at 22:49
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I believe you may be looking for the paucal number. Paucal, from Latin paucus, "a few", means:

pertaining to a language form referring to a few of something (three to around ten), as a small group of people; contrast singular, dual, trial and plural.

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    I am sorry about paucal confusion. – Rock May 8 '19 at 15:28
  • @Rock no need to be sorry, it's easy to see how you made the mistake. That's how we learn. If you think that this answer satisfies your question, you can mark it as the accepted answer so that future users can benefit from our discussion. – Mark Beadles May 8 '19 at 21:46

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