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Is there a good natural reason for a language to declare infinite cardinalities as "plural" and finite cardinalities as "paucal"?

I think this question is posed from the wrong perspective. It is of course perfectly possible to describe a system of grammatical number that distinguishes between finite and infinite cardinalities, ...
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Is there a good natural reason for a language to declare infinite cardinalities as "plural" and finite cardinalities as "paucal"?

I wouldn't expect that in a natlang, no. When a language has a mandatory marking that goes on every noun (or verb or etc), it's always something that's frequently important or useful to distinguish. ...
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