Countability in Mbyá Guaraní

Abstract: This paper investigates the distribution of individual denoting nouns and substance denoting nouns in Mbyá (Tupi-Guarani), with respect to plural marking, numerals and quantifiers. The study reveals the existence of a robust grammatical distinction between a class of count nouns, populated mostly by individual denoting nouns, and a class of mass nouns, populated mostly by substance denoting nouns.

Guillaume Thomas. Accepted for publication. Countability in Mbyá Guarani. To appear in Linguistic Variation, special issue edited by Suzi Lima and Susan Rothstein: a Typology of Count, Mass and Number in Brazilian Languages