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Noun hs ctegoricl mening of thingness becuse noun effects nomintion of the fullest vlue. The N is chrcterized by specific set of wordbuilding ffixes nd wordbuilding models which unmistkbly mrk noun mong them: suffixes of the doer worker nturlist etc. s for wordchnging ctegories the noun is chnged ccording to the ctegories of number boyboys cse boyboy’s nd rticle determintion boy boy the boy.



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The Noun is a word expressing substance in the widest sense of the word.

Noun has a categorical meaning of thingness, because noun effects nomination of the fullest value. N-central nominative lexemic unit of L. It functions are determined by it’s semantic. It can be subject, object, attribute, adverbial & predicative.

The N is characterized by a  specific set of word-building affixes and word-building models, which unmistakably mark a noun, among them: suffixes of the doer (worker, naturalist, etc.), suffixes of abstract notions (laziness, rotation, security, elegance, etc.), special conversion patterns (to find – a find), etc. As for word-changing categories, the noun is changed according to the categories of number (boy-boys), case (boy-boy’s), and article determination (boy, a boy, the boy). Formally the noun is also characterized by specific combinability with verbs, adjectives and other nouns, introduced either by preposition or by sheer contact. The noun is the only part of speech which can be prepositionally combined with other words.

The noun is the central lexical unit of language. It is the main nominative unit of speech. As any other part of speech, the noun can be characterised by three criteria: semantic (the meaning), morphological (the form and grammatical categories) and syntactical (functions, distribution).

Semantic features of the noun. The noun possesses the grammatical meaning of thingness, substantiality. According to different principles of classification, nouns fall into several subclasses:

1. According to the type of nomination they may be proper and common;

2. According to the form of existence they may be animate and inanimate. Animate nouns in their turn fall into human and non-human.

3. According to their quantitative structure nouns can be countable and uncountable.

This set of subclasses cannot be put together into one table because of the different principles of classification.

Morphological features of the noun. In accordance with the morphological structure of the stems all nouns can be classified into: simple, derived (stem +affix, affix + stem – thingness); compound (stem+ stem – armchair ) and composite (the Hague). The noun has morphological categories of number and case. Some scholars admit the existence of the category of gender.

Syntactic features of the noun. The noun can be used in the sentence in all syntactic functions but predicate. Speaking about noun combinability, we can say that it can go into right-hand and left-hand connections with practically all parts of speech. That is why practically all parts of speech but the verb can act as noun determiners. However, the most common noun determiners are considered to be articles, pronouns, numerals, adjectives and nouns themselves in the common and genitive case.

NOUN GENDER- A classification of nouns, primarily according to sex; and secondarily according to some fancied or imputed quality associated with sex. English has three genders for nouns and pronouns: masculine, feminine, and neuter. A noun that refers to something with male sexual organs is masculine, a noun that refers to something with female sexual organs is feminine and most other nouns are neuter by default. There was a time when you could use the masculine gender by default when you did not know a person’s natural gender. In general there is no distinction between masculine, feminine and neuter in English nouns. However, gender is sometimes shown by different forms or different words.
Examples: Different words: Masculine- man, father, uncle, boy, husband; Feminine- woman, mother, aunt,  girl,  wife. Different forms: Masculine- actor, prince, hero, waiter, widower; Feminine- actress, princess, heroine, waitress.

Some nouns can be used for either a masculine or a feminine subject. Examples: cousin, teenager, teacher, doctor, cook, student, parent, friend, relation, colleague, partner, leader.
Mary is a doctor. She is a doctor . Arthur is my cousin. He is my cousin.

It is possible to make the distinction by adding the words ‘male’ or ‘female’. Example: a female student; a male cousin For professions, we can add the word ‘woman’. Example: a woman doctor; a woman journalist.

The grammatical category of number is the linguistic representation of the objective category of quantity. The number category is realized through the opposition of two form-classes: the plural form :: the singular form.

There are different approaches to defining the category of number. The category of number is realized only within subclass of countable nouns, i.e. nouns having numeric (discrete) structure.

Uncountable nouns have no category of number, for they have quantitative (indiscrete) structure. Two classes of uncountables can be distinguished: only singular and only plural.

A word can denote one object, but it has the plural form. Or a noun can denote more than one thing, but its form is singular. There is a definition of the category of number that overcomes this inconsistency. It was worked out by prof. Isachenko. According to him, the category of number denotes marked and unmarked discreteness (not

quantity). A word in a singular form denotes unmarked discreteness whether it is a book, or a sheep, or sheep. If an object is perceived as a discrete thing, it has the form of the plural number.

The grammatical meaning of number may not coincide with the notional quantity: the noun in the singular does not necessarily denote one object while the

plural form may be used to denote one object consisting of several parts. The

singular form may denote:

a) oneness (individual separate object – a cat);

b) generalization (the meaning of the whole class – The cat is a domestic


c) indiscreteness (нерасчлененность or uncountableness - money, milk).

The plural form may denote:

a) the existence of several objects (cats);

b) the inner discreteness (внутренняя расчлененность, pluralia tantum,


To sum it up, all nouns may be subdivided into three groups:

1. The nouns in which the opposition of explicit

discreteness/indiscreteness is expressed: cat::cats;

2. The nouns in which this opposition is not expressed explicitly but is

revealed by syntactical and lexical correlation in the context. There are two

groups here:

A. Singularia tantum. It covers different groups of nouns: proper names,

abstract nouns, material nouns, collective nouns;

B. Pluralia tantum. It covers the names of objects consisting of several

parts (jeans), names of sciences (mathematics), names of diseases, games, etc.

3. The nouns with homogenous number forms. The number opposition

here is not expressed formally but is revealed only lexically and syntactically in

the context: e.g. Look! A sheep is eating grass. Look! The sheep are eating grass.


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