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What is nonspecificity?



Nonspecificity is a kind of definiteness, expressed by an interpretation of or grammatical marking on a noun or noun phrase, indicating that the speaker presumably does not know the identity of the referent(s).

Example (English)
  • The following sentence has the interpretation that the speaker does not have a particular Norwegian in mind:

  • Minna wants to meet a Norwegian.


    Hawkins, J. 1978 204

  • Generic
      A nonspecific is a kind of

    Anderson, S. 1985 179


    Hawkins, J. 1978 203–204

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