Mass and Count in Linguistics, Philosophy, and Cognitive Science

ISBN 9789027208002 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027260437 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
The mass-count distinction is a morpho-syntactic distinction among nouns that is generally taken to have semantic content. This content is generally taken to reflect a conceptual, cognitive, or ontological distinction and relates to philosophical and cognitive notions of unity, identity, and counting. The mass-count distinction is certainly one of the most interesting and puzzling topics in syntax and semantics that bears on ontology and cognitive science. In many ways, the topic remains under-researched, though, across languages and with respect to particular phenomena within a given language, with respect to its connection to cognition, and with respect to the way it may be understood ontologically. This volume aims to contribute to some of the gaps in the research on the topic, in particular the relation between the syntactic mass-count distinction and semantic and cognitive distinctions, diagnostics for mass and count, the distribution and role of numeral classifiers, abstract mass nouns, and object mass nouns (furniture, police force, clothing).
[Language Faculty and Beyond, 16]  2020.  v, 227 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Friederike Moltmann
Re-examining the mass-count distinction
Alan Bale and Brendan Gillon
Activewear and other vaguery: A morphological perspective on aggregate-mass
Dana Cohen
A comparison of abstract and concrete mass nouns in terms of their interaction with quantificational determiners
Stefan Hinterwimmer
Can mass-count syntax be derived from semantics?
Ritwik Kulkarni, Alessandro Treves and Susan Rothstein
Countability and grammatical number: An Aristotelian view and its challenges
Almerindo E. Ojeda
Comparatives in Brazilian Portuguese: Counting and measuring
Susan Rothstein and Roberta Pires De Oliveira
Lexical, syntactic, and pragmatic sources of countability: An experimental exploration of the mass-count distinction
Mahesh Srinivasan and David Barner
Countability shifts and abstract nouns
Roberto Zamparelli
Name Index
Subject Index
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2020039380 | Marc record