The grammatically of the NPs in (2) shows that possessives can combine with a singular count noun to form a grammatical NP.
X typically specifies the singular count noun NP as definite to form a grammatical NP.
internal, unexpressed) singular determinative is associated with singulative interpretation of a count noun, as in (22a) (vs.
are inherently plural, and like other count nouns may take an implicit singular determinative, giving the appropriate reading for (3a).
In sum, in this section, I considered how to accommodate the observation that non-kind-referring nominal arguments in Japanese and Korean behave like count nouns
into Chierchia's (1998a, 1998b) theory that J/K bare nouns come out of the lexicon with mass denotations.
Presumably, assuming a separate mass-noun-like quality is the first step for any plural form of a count noun
that is going to be a lexical item on its own.
If the language distinguishes (in the singular) between count and non-count nouns
such that one kind uses the indefinite article and the other kind does not use the indefinite article, then it is the count nouns
that tend to use the indefinite article and it is the non-count nouns
that tend not to use the indefinite article.
As explained earlier, the experiment also included a Neutral condition, in which the nonce words were presented without a referent in a grammatical context compatible with both mass and count nouns
Regular count nouns
in English take an obligatory number inflection, with zero suffix for singular and -s for plural.
So contrary to their claims, a classifier is not absolutely required to make count nouns
countable in Mandarin Chinese.
Singular count nouns
are, as a rule, required to be marked by a determiner under both interpretations, and the semantic distinction appears to be obvious only in opaque contexts.
While nouns can be categorized as count nouns
or mass nouns, verbal reference comprises states and actions, while the latter can be relic or atelic.