Non-numerical quantifiers

Adam Smith*

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    This paper looks at non-numerical quantifiers (NNQs), such as a lot of, loads of. The set of quantifiers to be discussed is first identified in relation to their description in major English grammars. Issues of variable noun complementation and verb agreement with the NNQ are identified as being of interest, along with the choice of quantifier and its collocations in different regions (Australian, New Zealand and British English) and registers. Corpus findings for a lot/lots of are compared with other NNQs where the quantifying noun can be singular or plural (ONNQs), indicating a level of delexicalization/grammaticization. Some regional variation was found, with the ONNQ loads of much more frequent in British English, and heaps of more freqent in Australian and New Zealand English.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationComparative studies in Australian and New Zealand English
    Subtitle of host publicationgrammar and beyond
    EditorsPam Peters, Peter Collins, Adam Smith
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam; Philadelphia
    PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
    Number of pages23
    ISBN (Electronic)9789027289407
    ISBN (Print)9789027248992
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Publication series

    NameVarieties of English around the world
    PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
    ISSN (Print)0172-7362


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