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w12e Order Definite Article–Noun with plural 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


w12e: Order Definite Article – Noun with plural 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 plural nouns in object position


Elicitation Context

I met two boys and a girl. I invited the boys to the party
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Additional instructions

  1. This property applies only to definite plural nouns (the girls, the men), not to indefinite plural nouns
  2. The following classes of nouns should NOT be considered when checking this property:
    1. plural nouns used as generics (I like dogs)
    2. plural nouns of arts and sciences (I love mathematics)
    3. pluralia tantum (I wear glasses)

  3. The noun must be unmodified (no adjectives, no possessors, no relative clauses, no other modifiers ...)
  4. [ More contexts]
  5. If there is more than one object position in your language, test this property for each position
  6. [ More contexts]
  7. 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 “w12f Order N–DefArt with plural nouns in object position”.


Examples

1.

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


(i)     I met two boys and a girl. I invited the boys


2.

Rumanian is “no” for this property. With unmodified plural nouns, the order DefArt--N is excluded in object position.


(i) *am întâlnit le fete
have.AUX.3.SG.INDIC.PRES meet.PST.PRT the.F.Pl girl.F.Pl
I've met the girls


N--DefArt is the only possible order.


(ii) am întâlnit fete-le
have.AUX.3.SG.INDIC.PRES meet.PST.PRT girl.F.Pl-the.F.Pl
I've met the girls

Contributed by: Cristina Guardiano and Hilda Koopman
Language Value Contributor Comments
   Akan-twi No 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 Yes 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: çerífos píʝe na fer ta ornía (Dawkins 1916: 336)
  Gloss: man.SG.NOM go.PST.3SG COMP bring.PNP.3SG DEF.PL.ACC fowl.PL.ACC
  Translation: the man went to bring the fowls
  Contributor: Petros Karatsareas
   Greek (Homer) Yes Cristina Guardiano
+ Hebrew (Biblical) Yes Massimo Gargiulo
  Words: wayyabe' ha'ish 'et ha'anashim (Gen 43,17)
  Gloss: and brought.CONJ.IMPFV the man.SBJ the men.ACC. PARTICLE-ART-PL. NOUN
  Translation: and the man brought the men into
  Contributor: Massimo Gargiulo
   Italian Yes Cristina Guardiano
   Italian (Reggiano) Yes Giovanni Roversi
   Korean No Shin-Sook Kim
   Kusaal No Hasiyatu Abubakari
   Latin No Fabricio M. F. Gerardi
   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: Conocí dos niños y una niña. Invité a los niños a la fiesta.
  Gloss: met.PST.1SG two boy.PL and a.F girl.SG invite.PST.1SG the.M boy.PL to the.F party.
  Translation: I met two boys and one girl. I invited the boys to the party
  Contributor: Alejandro Rodriguez
+ Teramano Yes Iara Mantenuto
  Words: so nguntratə ddu ummənə e na fammənə. // so mətitə li ummənə a lu merkatə.
  Gloss: be.1SG met two man.PL.M and a.SG.F woman.SG.F // be.1SG invited the.PL.M man.PL.M to the.SG.M market.SG.M
  Translation: ‘I met two men and a woman. I invited the men to the market.’
  Contributor: Iara Mantenuto
   Tupi (Ancient) No Fabricio M. F. Gerardi
   Turkish No Sozen Ozkan
+ Vietnamese Yes Jimmy Nguyen
  Words: Anh mua hết các cuốn sách trong tiệm này.
  Gloss: I buy all DEF CLS book in store DEM
  Translation: I bought all of the books in the store.
  Contributor: Jimmy Nguyen
   Wuhu Chinese Yes Zhuo Chen