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      Aspectual information of durativity/punctuality impacts the countability of deverbal nouns in Brazilian Portuguese

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      Journal of Portuguese Linguistics

      Ubiquity Press

      bare singulars, aspect, count, mass, Brazilian Portuguese

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          This paper explores the countability of deverbal bare singular nouns in Brazilian Portuguese, such as chute ‘kick’ in Maria deu mais chute ‘Maria did more kicking/Maria did more kicks’. More specifically, it investigates whether the aspectual information of a verb impacts the count (cardinal interpretation) or mass (volume/intensity interpretation) interpretation of a bare singular noun. Based on the results of a forced choice task replicating Barner, Wagner, and Snedeker ( 2008) for English, we show that deverbal bare singulars in Brazilian Portuguese allow count and mass interpretations, depending on the aspectual features of the verbs they are derived from. Punctual events were more likely than durative events to be associated with a cardinal/count response. These results corroborate previous analysis of bare singulars in Brazilian Portuguese, whereby these nouns allow both count and mass interpretations ( Pires de Oliveira & Rothstein 2011b).

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                Journal
                2397-5563
                Journal of Portuguese Linguistics
                Ubiquity Press
                2397-5563
                20 August 2020
                2020
                : 19
                Affiliations
                [1 ]University of Toronto, Department of Linguistics, Toronto, ON, CA
                [2 ]Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Department of Linguistics and Philology, Cidade Universitária, Rio de Janeiro, BR
                Article
                10.5334/jpl.241
                Copyright: © 2020 The Author(s)

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

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                Linguistics & Semiotics, Languages of Europe

                mass, bare singulars, count, aspect, Brazilian Portuguese

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