Genericity in Greek: An Experimental Investigation

DSpace Repository


Dokumentart: ConferenceObject
Date: 2019-07-31
Language: English
Faculty: 5 Philosophische Fakultät
Department: Allgemeine u. vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft
DDC Classifikation: 400 - Language and Linguistics
480 - Hellenic languages; classical Greek
Keywords: Bestimmtheit , Generizität , Griechisch
Other Keywords:
Order a printed copy: Print-on-Demand
Show full item record


In this paper we present results from a context-acceptability judgment task that addressed genericity in Greek following a design used by Ionin et al. (2011). The task investigates two sources of genericity: (a) sentence-level genericity with a non-Well-Defined Kind (e.g., “a green lamp”) and (b) NP-level genericity with a WDK (e.g., “a dodo bird”) followed by a kind predicate (e.g., “be extinct”). Our results largely confirm the predictions and support Dayal’s (2004) theoretical account of genericity: definite singulars were rated higher with NP-level than with sentence-level genericity, definite plurals were rated equally high with both types of genericity, and modified indefinite singulars were rated higher with sentence-level than with NP-level genericity. With respect to the WDK restriction on definite singulars, even though the difference between the two conditions was significant, definite singulars with sentence-level genericity were rated higher than expected. This casts doubts on the universality WDK restriction, which would have to be addressed in future work.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)