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# Multi-word Determiners

The system recognizes the multi-word determiners a few and many a. The features for a multi-word determiner are located on the parent node of its two components (see Figure 19.3). We chose to represent these determiners as multi-word constituents because neither determiner retains the same set of features as either of its parts. For example, the determiner a is 3sg and few is decreasing, while a few is 3pl and increasing. Additionally, many is 3pl and a displays constancy, but many a is 3sg and does not display constancy. Example sentences appear in ((322))-((323)).
• Multi-word Determiners
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many a man has attempted that stunt, but none have succeeded .

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