About 6 days ago, I asked this question in the English Language and Usage section but have yet to receive any answer. In hindsight, the lack of answers is entirely understandable since that was not the correct place for me to ask my question.
Since I presume this section to be correct place to ask, here is my question:
Written numbers can be read aloud in different ways. For example:
- Nominal numbers can be read by pronouncing each digit individually: "My phone number is 123456" read as "one, two, three, four, five, six"
- Nominal numbers can also be read by chunking digits together where each chunk is read as a separate whole number: "123456" read as "twelve, thirty-four, fifty-six"
- Nominal numbers can also be "phrased": "123456" read as "One, two, three" (short pause) Four, five, six."
- Cardinal numbers can be read as whole numbers: "I'm 40 years old" read as "Forty"
- Ordinal number where digits are read as a single number but in a way that is different from cardinal numbers: "February 25, 1991" read as "Twenty-fifth"
Does a category exist in linguistics or phonetics that categorizes all the different ways a number can be read? If it does, what is it called? If it doesn't, what are the closest categories to it?
I'd like to stress that I'm not looking for a category based on how numbers are used (e,g nominal, vs cardinal use). Instead, I'm looking for a category based on how numbers are pronounced.
If what I'm asking for is nonsensical - which is not unlikely at this point - please close this question as off-topic.