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Author Mass-Count Distinction: A Linguistic Misunderstanding? (Conference) (2018 : Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Title Things and stuff : the semantics of the count-mass distinction / edited by Tibor Kiss, Francis Jeffry Pelletier, Halima Husić
Imprint Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2021
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  P271 .M257 2018    AVAILABLE    30630020148175
Descript xv, 425 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Consists of revised papers, presented at a conference at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, "The Mass-Count Distinction: A Linguistic Misunderstanding?", held in 2018
"A classical viewpoint claims that reality consists of both things and stuff , and that we need a way to discuss these aspects of reality. This is achieved by using +count terms to talk about things while using +mass terms to talk about stuff. Bringing together contributions from internationallyrenowned experts across interrelated disciplines, this book explores the relationship between mass and count nouns in a number of syntactic environments, and across a range of languages. It both explains how languages differ in their methods for describing these two fundamental categories of reality, and shows the many ways that modern linguistics looks to describe them. It also explores how the notions of count and mass apply to 'abstract nouns', adding a new dimension to the countability discussion. With its pioneering approach to the fundamental questions surrounding mass-count distinction, this book will be essential reading for researchers in formal semantics and linguistic typology"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Subject Grammar, Comparative and general -- Mass nouns -- Congresses
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Numerals -- Congresses
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Quantifiers -- Congresses
Semantics -- Congresses
Language and languages -- Philosophy
Alt Author Kiss, Tibor, editor
Pelletier, Francis Jeffry, 1944- editor
Husić, Halima, editor
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