LINGUIST List 32.2022

Thu Jun 10 2021

Books: Things and Stuff: Kiss, Pelletier, Husić (eds.)

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Date: 10-Jun-2021
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Subject: Things and Stuff: Kiss, Pelletier, Husić (eds.)
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Title: Things and Stuff
Subtitle: The Semantics of the Count-Mass Distinction
Published: 2021
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Editor: Tibor Kiss
Editor: Francis Jeffry Pelletier
Editor: Halima Husić
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108832106 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108832106 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 85.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108832106 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.20

A classical viewpoint claims that reality consists of both things and stuff, and that we need a way to discuss these aspects of reality. This is achieved by using +count terms to talk about things while using +mass terms to talk about stuff. Bringing together contributions from internationally-renowned experts across interrelated disciplines, this book explores the relationship between mass and count nouns in a number of syntactic environments, and across a range of languages. It both explains how languages differ in their methods for describing these two fundamental categories of reality, and shows the many ways that modern linguistics looks to describe them. It also explores how the notions of count and mass apply to 'abstract nouns', adding a new dimension to the countability discussion. With its pioneering approach to the fundamental questions surrounding mass-count distinction, this book will be essential reading for researchers in formal semantics and linguistic typology.

1. Editorial Introduction: Background to the Count-Mass Distinction Franics Jeffry Pelletier, Tibor Kiss and Halima Husić; 2. Mass vs Count: Where Do We Stand? Outline of a Theory of Semantic Variation Gennaro Chierchia; 3. Counting, Plurality and Portions Susan Rothstein; 4. Count/Mass Asymmetries: The Importance of Being Count Jenny Doetjes; 5. Divide and Counter Hagit Borer and Sarah Ouwayda; 6. Mass to Count Shifts in The Galilee Dialect of Palestinian Arabic Christine Hnout, Lior Laks and Susan Rothstein; 7. Object Mass Nouns as an Arbiter For The Mass/Count Category Kurt Erbach, Peter Sutton and Hana Filip; 8. Bare Nouns and the Mass-Count Distinction: A Pilot Study Across Languages Kayron Bevilaqua and Roberta Pires de Oliveira; 9. Counting (on) Bare Nouns: Revelations from American Sign Language Helen Koulidobrova; 10. Ontology, Number Agreement and the Mass-Count Distinction Alan Bale; 11. The Semantics of Distributed Number Myriam Dali and Éric Mathieu; 12. Container, Portion and Measure Interpretations of Pseudo-Partitive Peter Sutton and Hana Filip; 13. Overlap and Countability in Exoskeletal Syntax: A Best-Of-Both-Worlds Approach to the Mass/Count Distinction Hanna de Vries and George Tsoulas; 14. The Role of Context and Cognition in Countability: A Psycholinguistic Account of Lexical Distributions Francesca Franzon, Giorgio Arcara and Chiara Zanini; 15. Plurality Without (Full) Countability: On Mass- Like Categories in Lexical Plurals Constructions Peter Lauwers; 16. Determining Countability Classes Scott Grimm and Aeshaan Wahlang; 17. Polysemy and the Count/Mass Distinction: What Can We Derive from a Lexicon of Count and Mass Senses? Tibor Kiss, Francis Jeffry Pelletier, and Halima Husić.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Written In: English (eng)

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