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Alda Mari, Claire Beyssade, and Fabio Del Prete


This book provides an up-to-date introduction to the study of generics and pursues the enterprise of the influential Generic Book edited by Gregory Carlson and Jeffry Pelletier, which was published in 1995. Genericity is a key notion in the study of human cognition as it reveals our capacity to organize our perceived reality into classes and to describe regularities. The generic can be expressed at the level of a word or phrase (i.e., the potato in The Irish economy became dependent upon the potato) or an entire sentence (e.g., in John smokes a cigar after dinner, the generic aspect is a prope ... More

Keywords: generics, generic book, human cognition, permanency, disposition, ability, habituality, plurality, normality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199691807
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691807.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alda Mari, editor
CNRS Researcher, Jean Nicod Institute, Paris

Claire Beyssade, editor
CNRS Researcher, Jean Nicod Institute, Paris

Fabio Del Prete, editor
CNRS Laboratory CLLE-ERSS, Toulouse

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