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Title:Atomic Mass Nouns: Unity, Plurality and Semantic Flexibility
Author(s):Cai, Haitao
Subject(s):Mass nouns
semantics
linguistics
atomic mass nouns
morphosyntax
Abstract:Atomic mass nouns share morphosyntactic properties with prototypical mass nouns. At the same time, the former semantically deviate from the latter. Based on re-examined empirical data, I propose that the semantics of atomic mass nouns is flexible. Particularly, a semantic shift occurs when the default interpretation of an atomic mass noun results in implausible interpretation or ungrammaticality.
Issue Date:2016
Publisher:Studies in the Linguistic Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:Studies in the Linguistic Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 41: pp 20-34
Series/Report:Proceedings of ILLS7
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/89944
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-04-18


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