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Dutch collective nouns and conceptual profiling

Frank Joosten, Gert De Sutter UGent, Denis Drieghe UGent, Stef Grondelaers, Robert Hartsuiker UGent and Dirk Speelman (2007) LINGUISTICS. 45(1). p.85-132
abstract
Collective nouns such as committee, family, or team are conceptually (and in English also syntactically) complex in the sense that they are both singular ("one") and plural ("more than one"): they refer to a multiplicity that is conceptualized as a unity. In this article, which focuses on Dutch collective nouns, it is argued that some collective nouns are rather "one", whereas others are rather "more than one". Collective nouns are shown to be different from one another in member level accessibility. Whereas all collective nouns have both a conceptual collection level ("one") and a conceptual member level ("more than one"), the latter is not always conceptually profiled (i.e., focused on) to the same extent. A gradient is sketched in which collective nouns such as bemanning ('crew') (member level highly accessible) and vereniging ('association') (member level scarcely accessible) form the extremes. Arguments in favor of the conceptual phenomenon of variable member level accessibility derive from an analysis of property distribution, from corpus research on verbal and pronominal singular plural variation, and from a psycholinguistic eye-tracking experiment.
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published
subject
keyword
NUMBER AGREEMENT
journal title
LINGUISTICS
Linguistics
volume
45
issue
1
pages
85 - 132
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000244928700003
JCR category
LINGUISTICS
JCR impact factor
0.338 (2007)
JCR rank
45/53 (2007)
JCR quartile
4 (2007)
ISSN
0024-3949
DOI
10.1515/LING.2007.003
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
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A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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362832
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-362832
date created
2007-04-20 12:11:00
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2014-05-14 10:01:32
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  author       = {Joosten, Frank and De Sutter, Gert and Drieghe, Denis and Grondelaers, Stef and Hartsuiker, Robert and Speelman, Dirk},
  issn         = {0024-3949},
  journal      = {LINGUISTICS},
  keyword      = {NUMBER AGREEMENT},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {85--132},
  title        = {Dutch collective nouns and conceptual profiling},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/LING.2007.003},
  volume       = {45},
  year         = {2007},
}

Chicago
Joosten, Frank, Gert De Sutter, Denis Drieghe, Stef Grondelaers, Robert Hartsuiker, and Dirk Speelman. 2007. “Dutch Collective Nouns and Conceptual Profiling.” Linguistics 45 (1): 85–132.
APA
Joosten, F., De Sutter, G., Drieghe, D., Grondelaers, S., Hartsuiker, R., & Speelman, D. (2007). Dutch collective nouns and conceptual profiling. LINGUISTICS, 45(1), 85–132.
Vancouver
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Joosten F, De Sutter G, Drieghe D, Grondelaers S, Hartsuiker R, Speelman D. Dutch collective nouns and conceptual profiling. LINGUISTICS. 2007;45(1):85–132.
MLA
Joosten, Frank, Gert De Sutter, Denis Drieghe, et al. “Dutch Collective Nouns and Conceptual Profiling.” LINGUISTICS 45.1 (2007): 85–132. Print.