QUANTIFICATION OF PLURALIA TANTUM NOUNS Cover Image

KVANTIFIKACIJA IMENICA PLURALIA TANTUM
QUANTIFICATION OF PLURALIA TANTUM NOUNS

Author(s): Aleksandar Stefanović
Subject(s): South Slavic Languages
Published by: Bosansko filološko društvo
Keywords: pluralia tantum; quantification; adjectival numerals; collective numerals; cardinal numerals; usage; norm;

Summary/Abstract: This paper addresses the different possibilities for numerical quantification of pluralia tantum nouns in Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, and Serbian. The author provides an historical and dialectological overview, without which the state of the current written and oral languages cannot be judged. He also pays particular attention to the views in language manuals concerning this issue. One of the conclusions of the paper is that these views do not correspond to usage in modern language(s). As a result, both learners and native speakers are left in total ignorance of the facts on many points, and numerous questions remain unanswered. In this paper, the author attempts to gather the data that will allow for both easier identification and grammatical and semantic characterization of the aforementioned quantification. This involves, inter alia, putting forward a contrastive and discursive approach, as well as establishing the registers of language in which this quantification may appear.

  • Issue Year: 2/2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 45-67
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Serbian