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What is a singulative?

 

Definition
 

A singulative is a grammatical form, adjunct, or variant of a word that expresses the individuation of a single referent from a group or mass.

Example (English)
 
  • The addition of flake to snow produces the word snowflake, a form that expresses the individuation of its referent.
  • Sources
     

    Pei and Gaynor 1954 198

     

    Hartmann and Stork 1972 210


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