a propos this whole discussion :

is there anywhere a 'definitive' categorisation of the
roles of definite and indefinite ( and indeed other
sorts of ) articles in natural languages.

reason i'm asking is that it would be useful when
conlanging to be able to look at such a list and
decide which cases would use which
article/definiteness marker/&c

at the moment i'm just making it up as i go along, and
i'm not to satisfied with that

examples of what i'm thinking of include :
use of def art with proper nouns : Greek, German
use of def art with abstract nouns : Greek, French (
does German do this ? )
use of article in general statements : French
use of partitive article : French
use of article in comparisons ( the more the merrier )
: English



bnathyuw | landan | arR
stamp the sunshine out | angelfish
your tears came like anaesthesia | phèdre

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