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Generics are statements such as “doctors heal people,�? “a tiger is striped,�? “the dodo is extinct,�? “a duck lays eggs,�?,“kettles boil water,�? and “mosquitoes carry the West Nile virus.�? Generic statements express general claims about kinds and categories, rather than claims about particular individuals. In English, generics can be expressed using a variety of syntactic forms: bare plurals (e.g. “ducks lay eggs�?), indefinite singulars (e.g. “a tiger is striped�?), and definite singulars (“the dog is a mammal�?).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRoutledge Companion to Philosophy of Language
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781136594083
ISBN (Print)9780415993104
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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