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NPE, gender and the countable/mass distinction

Knut Tarald Taraldsen

Abstract


The main purpose of this paper is to present arguments for the existence of a certain relation between formal gender features and the semantic notions ‘count noun’ and ‘mass noun’. In particular, facts relating to how NP ellipsis operates in indefinite DPs in Dutch and Afrikaans are taken to provide evidence for the proposed relation.

Keywords: NP ellipsis, gender, countability, Dutch, Afrikaans




http://dx.doi.org/10.5774/48-0-288
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