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w12a Order Definite Article – Noun with mass nouns in object position

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    Order of definite articles and nouns in object position

    There are six property definitions for relative order of definite articles and nouns in object position:

    Order DefArt—N with mass nouns in object position, Order N–DefArt with mass nouns in object position, Order DefArt—N with singular count nouns in object position, Order N–DefArt with singular count nouns in object position, Order DefArt—N with plural nouns in object position, Order N–DefArt with plural nouns in object position


w12a: Order Definite Article – Noun with mass nouns in object position


This property is set to "yes" if the language has the order Definite Article (or, for languages without articles, noun class marker, classifier, case ending, adposition, ...) Noun, with mass nouns in object position.


Elicitation Context


Speaker A and speaker B are back from the supermarket. Speaker A says: Please, put the water in the fridge!


Additional instructions

  1. This property applies only to definite mass nouns (the water, the milk), not to indefinite nouns, kinship nouns or proper names
  2. The noun must be unmodified (no adjectives, no possessors, no relative clauses, no other modifiers ...)
  3. [ More contexts]
  4. If there is more than one object position in your language, test this property for each position
  5. [ More contexts]
  6. If you notice any difference between affirmative and negative contexts (i.e. put the water in the fridge vs. don’t put the water in the fridge), please comment (or contact us)

NB: A “yes” value for this property does not exclude a yes value for property “w12b Order N–DefArt with mass nouns in object position”.


Examples

1.

English is “yes” for this property. It has the order DefArt--N with definite mass nouns in object position.


(i)     Put the milk in the fridge!


2.

Basque is “no” for this property. The order DefArt--N is excluded with definite mass nouns in object position.


(i) *a ardo edan dut
ART wine drink AUX
Intended:"I drank the wine"


N--DefArt is the only possible order.


(ii) ardo-a edan dut
wine-A drink AUX
"I drank the wine"

Contributed by: Cristina Guardiano and Hilda Koopman
Language Value Contributor Comments
+ Akan-twi No AUGUSTINA OWUSU
  Words: *Fa no nsuo hyɛ fridge no mu
  Gloss: Take Def water put fridge no mu
  Contributor: AUGUSTINA OWUSU
   Ancient Greek Yes Cristina Guardiano
   Armenian (Eastern) No Sona Haroutyunian
   Basaa Yes Paul Roger Bassong
   Calabrian (Northern) Yes Giuseppina Silvestri
   Cantonese (Guangzhou) No Zixian Qiu
   Cypriot Greek Yes Marios Andreou
   Dida Lakota (diéko) No Gohon Fabienne Stéphanie Attéby
   Dutch No Hilda Koopman
   English Yes the property authors
   Faroese No Hjalmar Páll Petersen
   French Yes Hilda Koopman
   French (Ivorian) Yes Akpoué Josué
   Greek Yes Dimitris Michelioudakis
   Greek (Calabria) Yes Cristina Guardiano
+ Greek (Cappadocian) Yes Petros Karatsareas
  Words: píniʃge to ɣála ɟe sékniʃge éna líra (Dawkins 1916: 360)
  Gloss: drink.PST.IPFV.3SG DEF.SG.ACC milk.SG.ACC and put.PST.IPFV INDF gold_piece.SG.ACC
  Translation: he would drink the milk and put down a gold piece
  Contributor: Petros Karatsareas
   Greek (Homer) Yes Cristina Guardiano
+ Hebrew (Biblical) Yes Massimo Gargiulo
  Words: wayyabe' 'et-hammaim ha'irah (2Ki 20,20)
  Gloss: and brought.CONJ.IMPFV water.ACC PARTICLE.ART.NOUN into the city.ART.NOUN.LOC SUFF
  Translation: and brought water into the city
  Contributor: Massimo Gargiulo
   Italian Yes Cristina Guardiano
   Italian (Reggiano) Yes Giovanni Roversi
   Korean No Shin-Sook Kim
   Kusaal No Hasiyatu Abubakari
   Muyang No Bebey Théodore
   Oluwanga (Eji) No Ceciliane Odangah
   Portuguese Yes Fabricio M. F. Gerardi
   Romanian No Monica Alexandrina Irimia
   Russian No Nina Radkevich
   Sicilian Yes Cristina Guardiano
+ Spanish Yes Alejandro Rodriguez
  Words: ¡Pon la leche en el refrigerador!
  Gloss: Put.PRSNT.2SG the.F milk in the.M refrigerator!
  Translation: Put the milk in the refrigerator!
  Contributor: Alejandro Rodriguez
+ Teramano Yes Iara Mantenuto
  Words: so bevutə lu vinə
  Gloss: be.1SG drank the.SG.M wine.SG.M
  Translation: ‘I drank wine.’
  Contributor: Iara Mantenuto
   Tupi (Ancient) No Fabricio M. F. Gerardi
   Turkish No Sozen Ozkan
+ Vietnamese Yes Jimmy Nguyen
  Words: Bỏ ly rượu trong tủ lạnh.
  Gloss: Put CLS wine in refrigerator
  Translation: Put the wine in the fridge.
  Contributor: Jimmy Nguyen
   Wuhu Chinese Yes Zhuo Chen