Date of Award

Spring 4-29-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Sandeep Prasada

Second Advisor

Dr. Martin Chodorow

Academic Program Adviser

Dr. Sandeep Prasada


Three experiments investigated whether definite singular generics (e.g., the dog barks) require that the kind does not contain multiple subkinds. No effect of generic form was found in experiment 1 and 3. However, experiment 2 found people thought there were fewer subkinds when definite singulars referred to the kind.



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