English collective nouns and other ways of denoting pluralities of entities
Laure Gardelle | Université Grenoble Alpes / LIDILEM
This monograph proposes a comparative approach to all the ways of denoting ‘more than one’ entity, from collective and aggregate nouns (with the first-ever typology), to count plurals, partly substantivised adjectives and conjoined NPs. This semantic feature approach to plurality, which cuts across number, the count/non-count distinction, and lexical/NP levels, reveals a very consistent Scale of Unit Integration, which establishes clear-cut boundaries for collective nouns, and accommodates cases such as three elephant, cattle or a chain of islands. The study also offers a refined understanding of aggregate nouns (a category nearly as large as that of collective nouns) and quantification in pseudo-partitives, develops Guillaume’s notion of ‘internal plurality’, and proposes the innovative concept of ‘hyperonyms of plural classes’ (e.g. furniture). The Animacy Hierarchy is also found to be influential, beyond hybrid agreement. The book aims to be accessible to scholars of any theoretical background interested in these topics.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 349] 2019. x, 215 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction: Why study semantic plurality and pluralities of entities? | pp. 1–26
Chapter 2. Hybrid agreement: Motivations, nature and constraints | pp. 27–52
Chapter 3. Establishing the boundaries of collective nouns for count nouns | pp. 53–102
Chapter 4. A comparison between NPs headed by count collective nouns and NPs whose /plurality/ feature is acquired in discourse | pp. 103–132
Chapter 5. Non-count singular nouns with a /plurality/ feature | pp. 133–166
Chapter 6. Lexical plurals that denote pluralities of entities | pp. 167–184
Chapter 7. General conclusion | pp. 185–192
References | pp. 193–206
General index | pp. 207–210
Lexical index | pp. 211–215
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Main BIC Subject
CFK: Grammar, syntax
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009060: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax