Collectives, object mass nouns and individual count nouns

  title={Collectives, object mass nouns and individual count nouns},
  author={Wiltrud Mihatsch},
Mass superordinates such as clothing, clothes and furniture form a distinct and peculiar class of nouns in languages with an obligatory singular/plural distinction. These nouns often have pluralia-tantum variants as well as count equivalents – both within one linguistic system as well as cross-linguistically. This study is a follow-up of my earlier analysis of Romance superordinates ( Mihatsch, 2006 ). The data are taken from English, German, French and Spanish in order to demonstrate the… CONTINUE READING