Collective noun

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A collective noun is a noun that refers to a group of entities which seems to be conceived of as a single entity because the noun is singular.

  • "collective nouns are nouns lexically referring to a (denotational) multiplicity that — in some way or the other — is conceptualized as a unity" (Joosten et al. 2007:88)

See also


  • Joosten, Frank et al. 2007. Dutch collective nouns and conceptual profiling. Linguistics 45.1. 85-132.
  • Michaux, Christine. 1992. The collectives in French: a linguistic investigation. Lingvisticae Investigationes 16. 99-124.

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