I am currently attempting to research the syntax of nominal classifiers (i.e. "counter" words like 「〜台」and 「〜個」) and wanted to look for references to the irregular phenomenon of "bare" numerals: numerical literals without any classifiers.
Before looking for specific examples of the patterns in which unclassified numerals appear, several types sprung to mind:
- Lemmas ending with numerals: e.g. 「唯一」,「統一」
- Yojijukugo with idiomatic meaning: e.g. 「無二無三」, 「四当五落」
- Purely idiomatic expressions consisting of bare numerals: e.g. 「七五三」, 「八百万」、「万が一」、「一か八か」
One case that stood out to me, however, was the case of the productive pattern「其の＃」where ＃ can be freely replaced with any number (up to a certain point; somewhere between 百 and 千, the construction starts to lose plausibility, at least to me).
I would ideally like to understand the linguistic interpretation of this pattern, but it is quite hard to find specific mentions of the pattern 「其の一」, as most of the results that seem to come up are actual uses of this pattern in the body of a paper, or contain 「其の一〜」where a counter word directly follows the numeral in the query.
Does anyone have an explanation for this pattern, or any advice on how to find material referencing it?