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Query Details


Query Subject:   Article Typology
Author:   Gavin Austin
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Typology

Query:   Dear colleagues,

I have a query relating to article typology. I’m interested in finding
examples of the following patterns if they are known to exist. (Sinhala is
an example of (1), but I’d like to find a couple more examples.)

(1) singular: definite article: NO; indefinite article: YES
plural: definite article: NO; indefinite article: NO

(2) singular: definite article: YES; indefinite article: NO
plural: definite article: NO; indefinite article: NO

(3) singular: definite article: NO; indefinite article: NO
plural: definite article: YES; indefinite article: NO

(4) singular: definite article: NO; indefinite article: NO
plural: definite article: NO; indefinite article: YES

(5) singular: definite article: NO; indefinite article: YES
plural: definite article: NO; indefinite article: YES

I’d be very grateful for any help with this.

Best,

Gavin Austin
U of New England
LL Issue: 19.522
Date posted: 13-Feb-2008



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