Publication details [#4507]

Hawkins, John A. 1978. Definiteness and indefiniteness: A study in reference and grammaticality prediction. Croom Helm. 316 pp.
Publication type
Book – monograph
Publication language
Language as a subject


A study of the definite article 'the' and the indefinite articles 'a' and 'some' in English. H. develops a semantic-pragmatic theory of definite and indefinite reference, and tests it on the grammaticality of numerous article + noun-modifier sequences.On this basis, H. is able to develop a theory on the role of semantics in grammaticality prediction, and more generally to stress the role of semantics in a syntactic theory.