Grammaticalisation and the Internal Logic of the Indefinite Article

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    Abstract

    The West-European languages all develop an indefinite article by a grammaticalisation process of the numeral 'one'. The article describes the different outcomes of this process by distinguishing different patterns resulting from the interpretation of the numeral as a quantifier, a classifier or both. The different patterns are examined in their connection and interaction with both the lexical make-up of nouns (homogenous vs. heterogenous nouns) and the category of number (singular, plural and collective) in Germanic and Romance languages. Three different systems are identified: a quantifier system in Germanic, a qualifier system in Modern French and a mixed system in Old French and Spanish
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalFolia Linguistica
    Volume46
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)341-358
    ISSN0165-4004
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Keywords

    • Classifier
    • Quantifier
    • Plural
    • Indefinite Article
    • Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Nouns
    • Collective

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    Grammaticalisation and the Internal Logic of the Indefinite Article. / Herslund, Michael.

    In: Folia Linguistica, Vol. 46, No. 2, 2012, p. 341-358.

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