Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Specificity

Specificity

Specificity is a kind of definiteness, expressed by the interpretation of or grammatical marking on a noun or noun phrase , indicating that the speaker presumably knows the identity of the referent(s) .

(English)

  • The following sentence has the interpretation that the speaker has a particular Norwegian in mind:
  • Minna wants to meet the Norwegian.
  • Page/s: 203-204
    Source: Hawkins, J. 1978

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

    Page/s: 179
    Source: Anderson, S. 1985

    Anderson, Stephen R. 1985. "Inflectional morphology." In Shopen 1985d

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