Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Generic Term

Generic Term

A generic term is a noun or noun phrase that refers to:

  • a whole class
  • any member of a class as a representative of its class

(English)

  • A lion is a noble beast.
  • The lion is a noble beast.
  • Lions are noble beasts.
  • The lions are noble beasts.
Page/s: 510
Source: Mish 1991

Mish, Frederick (editor). 1991.Webster's ninth new collegiate dictionary. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster. 1,564 pages. 0877795088; indexed 0877795096; deluxe 087779510X.

Page/s: 214–215
Source: Hawkins, J. 1978

Hawkins, John A. 1978.Definiteness and indefiniteness: A study in reference and grammaticality prediction. London: Croom Helm.

Page/s: 136
Source: Crystal 1985

Crystal, David. 1985.A dictionary of linguistics and phonetics. 2nd edition. New York: Basil Blackwell.

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