definite article incompatible with the plural
gil at EVA.MPG.DE
Sun Aug 4 20:42:14 UTC 2013
Numeral classifiers in Vietnamese and Cantonese may come close to what
you are looking for. In these languages, a NP may consist entirely of
classifier plus noun, ie. with no numeral or other modifier present.
Such constructions are generally interpreted as being singular and
definite. Of course, if you add a numeral than the NP is no longer
singular or definite, so this is may not be exactly what you are after,
but there is some affinit ... Of course, it may seem strange to apply
the term "article" to a "classifier", but then what is an article, really?
On 04/08/2013 21:49, Sergey Lyosov wrote:
> Dear all,
> Do we know of languages that have a definite article restricted to the
> singular of the noun? That is, do we know of a definite article that
> is incompatible with the plural?
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