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The Semantics of Mass-Predicates

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  • Introduction: Along with many other languages, English has a relatively straightforward gram- matical distinction between mass-occurrences of nouns and their count- occurrences. To illustrate, consider the distinction between the role of ‘hair’ in (1) and (2): ~1! There is hair in my soup. (2) There is a hair in my soup. In (1), ‘hair’ has a mass-occurrence; in (2), a (singular) count-occurrence.

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    1999
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    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3N29PN14
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    © 1999 K. Koslicki et al. This version of this article is open access and can be downloaded and shared. The original author(s) and source must be cited.
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    • Koslicki, K. (1999). The Semantics of Mass-Predicates. Noûs, 33(1), 46-91. http://doi.org/10.1111/0029-4624.00142
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    http://doi.org/10.1111/0029-4624.00142