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Count and Mass Across Languages
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Count and Mass Across Languages

Diane Massam

Abstract

This volume explores the expression of the concepts count and mass in human language and probes the complex relation between seemingly incontrovertible aspects of meaning and their varied grammatical realizations across languages. In English, count nouns are those that can be counted and pluralized (two cats), whereas mass nouns cannot be, at least not without a change in meaning (two rices). The chapters in this volume explore the question of the cognitive and linguistic universality and variability of the concepts count and mass from philosophical, semantic, and morpho-syntactic points of vi ... More

Keywords: count, mass, number, classifier, collective, nominal aspect, determiner, blackfoot, Cantonese, Dagaare, English, Halkomelem, Lithuanian, Malagasy, Mandarin, Ojibwe, Persian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199654277
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654277.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diane Massam, editor
Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto

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