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What is definiteness?

 

Definition
 

Definiteness is a category concerned with the grammaticalization of identifiability and nonidentifiability of referents on the part of a speaker or addressee.

Discussion
 

Definiteness is frequently expressed by

 
Kinds
  Here are some kinds of definiteness:
 
Generic
  Definiteness is a kind of
 

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