Size matters: Towards a syntactic decomposition of countability

@inproceedings{Belder2008SizeMT,
  title={Size matters: Towards a syntactic decomposition of countability},
  author={Marijke de Belder},
  year={2008}
}
The first reading can be paraphrased as a kind of and is thus referred to as the kind reading. Kinds are typically countable as individual concepts (cf. the use of the cardinal in (1)), but not measurable. Hence, no judgments can be given on the size of a kind, as can be seen in (3). The second reading can be paraphrased as a piece of / a portion of and is here referred to as the unit reading. Units are typically countable and measurable objects, as can be seen in (4). 

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Size Matters: Towards a Syntactic Decomposition of Countability

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