Expressing indefiniteness in English

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In the extensive work of Jiří Nosek the category of definiteness received attention in several treatises written about the turn of the last decade (cf. Nosek 1989, 1990, 1991). As in many other studies, his interest in this question is general linguistic, embracing the relation of definiteness to other function words and to linguistic typology.
The aim of the present paper is to contribute to a partial aspect of the question, viz the means expressing nongeneric indefinite reference within the English determiner system, their semantic differentiation, and their role in functional sentence perspective.


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