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* Few is used with count nouns, that is, with individual items.
Interestingly, Reynolds (2013) also has as his second property of determinatives the fact that they "can combine with a singular count noun to form a grammatical noun phrase" (p.
With the exception of the whale's head (see animal referents above), I have only found one example in the Orkney text material of a masculine pronoun being used for an inanimate count noun. The referent in this case is a stone:
Luke guessed that "population" is a count noun. Because it can also be used as a mass noun, the user has indicated that.
Count nouns generally refer to concrete things and can be counted: one car, two cars, three cars, or one banana, two bananas, three bananas.
internal, unexpressed) singular determinative is associated with singulative interpretation of a count noun, as in (22a) (vs.
There exist things, and there exists stuff, where roughly, "thing" is a count noun, and "stuff' is a mass noun.
However, whenever a mass noun is "recategorized" (Corbett 2000: 81) to a count noun. its bare form becomes the singular form.
When it is a count noun, such as thing and ball, it can be referred to with him, en and em in western and southwestern English dialects, when the referent is a mass noun like broth this possi bility is quite restricted, almost non-existent.
A close examination of B36, supported by the comparative evidence of some other early theories of the soul, suggests that the word psuche could function as both a mass term and a count noun for Heraclitus.
In this system, the SPR value of a count noun like chair would be <Det[COUNT +]>, blocking cases like * some chair.
So, the property of boundedness, which is a property of roots according to Harley, determines both the property mass noun or count noun (in case the root shows up as a noun) and the telicity (in case the root shows up as a verb), lending support to the idea that the same roots underlie both verbs and nouns.
Possessive and accusative marking, exemplified in (10) above, makes the noun definite, which, as we saw, increases its individuality and, therefore, forces a reading that is closer to the prototype of a count noun (cf.
According to the-predicativists, names are uniformly count nouns. This straightforwardly explains why names can be used predicatively, but is prima facie less congenial to an analysis of referential uses.
Countable nouns are presented as count nouns in subject literature, and uncountable nouns are viewed as mass nouns (see Jespersen 1924 for mass words), whose category membership "depends partly on the inherent properties of their referents and partly on cultural usage" (Koptjevskaja-Tamm 2004: 1069).