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What is definite identifiability?

 

Definition
 

Definite identifiability is a kind of definiteness which indicates that an expression’s referent(s) is in some way identifiable to both speaker and addressee.

 

The referent is identifiable because of a shared knowledge or situation, including a previous mention of the referent.

Examples (English)
 
  • the
  • he
Generic
  Definite is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Pei and Gaynor 1954 53

 

Anderson, S. 1985 179

 

Lyons 1968 276

 

Mish 1991 334

 

Hawkins, J. 1978 202


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