Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Specificity

Definition: 

Specificity is a kind of definiteness, expressed by the interpretation of or grammatical marking on a noun or noun phrase, indicating that the speaker presumably knows the identity of the referent(s).

Examples: 

(English)

  • The following sentence has the interpretation that the speaker has a particular Norwegian in mind:
  • Minna wants to meet the Norwegian.
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