Linguistik-Klassifikation: Lexikologie/Etymologie / Lexicology/Etymology
Mass and count in language and cognition : some evidence from language comprehension
Maria Mercedes Piñango
- In linguistics and the philosophy of language, the mass/count distinction has traditionally been regarded as a bi-partition on the nominal domain, where typical instances are nouns like "beef" (mass) vs."cow" (count). In the present paper, we argue that this partition reveals a system that is based on both syntactic features and conceptual features, and present experimental evidence suggesting that the discrimination of the two kinds of features has a psychological reality.