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Re: Unmarked definiteness

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 25, 2004, 11:45
Quoting Doug Dee <AmateurLinguist@...>:

> *This is not quite clear to me just now, because he is inclined to think that > most (or all?)"indefinite articles" do not, strictly speaking, indicate > indefiniteness. Rather, they're markers of cardinality that only imply > indefiniteness. In that case, it may be that indefiniteness is never marked, > strictly > speaking.
This seems reaonable for the umpteen languages that use the numeral one (or a form closely allied thereto) for a sg indefinite article, but what about pl ones? Saying that French _des_ indicates cardinality != 1 seems faintly contrived to me. Andreas