Names, Light Nouns, and Countability
Friederike Moltmann
June 2021

Making use of Kayne's (2005, 2010) theory of light nouns, this paper argues that light nouns are part of (simple) names and that a mass-count distinction among light nouns explains the behavior of certain types of names in German as mass rather than count. The paper elaborates the role of light nouns with new generalizations regarding their linguistic behavior in quantificational and pronominal NPs, their selection of relative pronouns in German, and a general difference in the support of plural anaphora between English and German.
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Reference: lingbuzz/005373
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Published in: to appear in Linguistic Inquiry
keywords: light nouns, proper names, mass-count distinction, predicativism, sortals, absolute generality, dummy sortals, semantics, syntax
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