Quantity judgments and individuation: evidence that mass nouns count

@article{Barner2005QuantityJA,
  title={Quantity judgments and individuation: evidence that mass nouns count},
  author={David Barner and Jesse Snedeker},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2005},
  volume={97},
  pages={41-66}
}
Three experiments explored the semantics of the mass-count distinction in young children and adults. In Experiments 1 and 2, the quantity judgments of participants provided evidence that some mass nouns refer to individuals, as such. Participants judged one large portion of stuff to be "more" than three tiny portions for substance-mass nouns (e.g. mustard, ketchup), but chose according to number for count nouns (e.g. shoes, candles) and object-mass nouns (e.g. furniture, jewelry). These results… CONTINUE READING

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