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5.1.1.Noun phrases headed by an article

This section discusses and illustrates the semantic properties of the definite and indefinite articles. We will start by defining the core meaning of the articles, after which we will discuss the interpretations these articles trigger on the complete noun phrase in general terms: consecutively, we will discuss the notions of definiteness, specificity, distributivity and genericity. The notions of definiteness and specificity will also play an important role in Chapter 6, where the meaning of the definite and indefinite articles are compared to the meaning of numerals and quantifiers.