Article published in:A typology of the mass/count distinction in Brazil and its relevance for mass/count theories
Edited by Suzi Lima and Susan Rothstein
[Linguistic Variation 20:2] 2020
► pp. 336–351
Count-mass distinction in Sakurabiat
Acknowledging the fact that not all languages seem to distinguish grammatically between mass nouns and count nouns, this paper aims to provide information on whether or not the count-mass distinction is expressed in the Sakurabiat language, which belongs to the Tuparic branch of the Tupian linguistic family. The paper presents a brief survey of the grammatical properties associated with notional mass and notional count nouns in Sakurabiat. The properties of constructions with nouns and numerals are described and compared to constructions with pluralized nouns and numerals. The question of individual versus event quantification with numerals, and the role played by quantifiers and comparatives are also analyzed. The Sakurabiat data contributes to the investigation about the expression (or non-expression) of a count-mass distinction in underrepresented and understudied languages.
Keywords: count-mass distinction, Brazilian indigenous languages, Sakurabiat language, Tupian linguistic family
Published online: 01 October 2020
Galucio, Ana Vilacy
Lima, Suzi & Susan Rothstein
this volume). The count/mass distinction questionnaire. Unpublished manuscript, designed for investigating the expression of count/mass distinction in indigenous Brazilian languages.