30 Generic noun phrases in subject function

Description

Here we consider the expression of generic noun phrases in subject position. Only sentences where both the subject and the situation to which the verb refers are generic are considered; sentences where only the subject, but not the verb phrase, is generic are disregarded. In many creole languages, noun phrases in generic sentences occur without any article, as in Bahamian Creole When cockroach give dance, he don’t ask fowl.

Author

Philippe Maurer and the APiCS Consortium

Values

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Language without definite and indefinite article909
Bare singular noun phrase in languages with definite article281442
Bare singular noun phrase in languages without definite article606
Singular noun phrase with definite article31518
Bare plural noun phrase in languages with definite article3912
Bare plural noun phrase in languages without definite article202
Plural noun phrase with definite article21012
Singular noun phrase with indefinite articles167
Singular noun phrase with adnominal possessive011
Representation:75

Language Value % Lexifier Details Source
Id Primary text Analyzed text Gloss Translation Type Language Audio Details