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Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:06:31
From: Zach Borenstein [zach.borenstein at oup.com]
Subject: Count and Mass Across Languages: Massam (Ed)

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Title: Count and Mass Across Languages 
Publication Year: 2012 
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Book URL: http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Linguistics/SemanticsPragmaticsPhilosophyofL/?view=usa&ci=9780199654284 


Editor: Diane Massam

Hardback: ISBN:  9780199654277 Pages: 352 Price: U.S. $ 150.00
Paperback: ISBN:  9780199654284 Pages: 352 Price: U.S. $ 65.00


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 view,
touching also on issues in acquisition and processing. The volume also
significantly contributes to our cross-linguistic knowledge, as it includes
chapters with a focus on Blackfoot, Cantonese, Dagaare, English, Halkomelem,
Lithuanian, Malagasy, Mandarin, Ojibwe, and Persian, as well as discussion of
several other languages including Armenian, Hungarian, and Korean. The overall
consensus of this volume is that while the general concepts of count and mass
are available to all humans, forms of grammaticalization involving number,
classifiers, and determiners play a key role in their linguistic treatment,
and indeed in whether these concepts are grammatically expressed at all. This
variation may be reflect the fact that count/mass is just one possible
realization of a deeper and broader concept, itself related to the categories
of nominal and verbal aspect.
 



Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                     Pragmatics
                     Semantics


Written In: English  (eng)

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