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collective noun

a word used to indicate a group of things, e.g. animals as in gaggle of geese, pod of whales. See Table 20.
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It should be intuitively clear that collective nouns such as team have a complex conceptual structure.
Though all collective nouns have such a dual conceptual structure, we argue that they may differ from one another in the conceptual profiling of the individuation levels.
1989 "On the semantics of collective nouns in English", in: Odenstedt, Bengt -- Gunnar Persson (eds.
An adjacent category is again one where the antecedent is represented by a collective noun in the singular, i.
When morphologically singular collective nouns such as government and faculty denote individual members of the group, they could be conceptualized as a plurality, thus agreeing with a plural verb.
Collective nouns (also called group nouns) describe a set or group of people, animals or things, for example a flock (of sheep), a team (of players).
His fascination began when he copied out a list of collective nouns for animals at primary school.
You may not have noticed but the hunt for a collective noun for frogs has led us to philosophise about the relationships between the generations.
Stripped of my dignity, I decided never to make the same mistake again and learn off by heart all the bizarre collective nouns in the English language.
A group of goldfinches is known by one of the most delightful of collective nouns - a charm.
WEhave received a chortle of entries for our competition to come up with new collective nouns.
WE'RE grateful to the Record's What A Site feature yesterday for giving us some examples of collective nouns for animals - a tower of giraffes, a crash of rhinos, an intrusion of cockroaches and a bloat of hippos being among the best.
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