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sin·gu·la·tive

 (sĭng′gyə-lā′tĭv, -lə-tĭv)
adj.
Of or relating to a linguistic form or construction that expresses a singular entity, often as opposed to a collective, such as rice-grain as opposed to rice.
n.
A singulative form or construction.

[French singulatif, from Latin singillātim, singulātim, one at a time, singly, from singulus, single; see single.]
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singulatif
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339-48); Olga Kapeliuk, "Is There a Singulative and a Paucal Plural in Ethio-Semitic?
In another essay, Chris Dzialo strives to explain the complexities of narrative time and "frustrated time" (108) in Charlie Kaufman's narration, but ends up truly confounding the reader when he tries to discuss differences between the iterative and the singulative with the following analysis:
Perhaps we might view Kaufman's work as not quite as explicitly calling attention to the apparent slippage between different forms of the singulative, or between the iterative and the singulative, or between the durative and the punctual; rather, by conspicuously ignoring such slippages, they become thrown into relief at the conclusion of the film or script, perhaps, subconsciously, while not disturbing comprehension of the narrative.
Oromo Unmarked transnumeral form Singulative form (2) nama nam-ica 'man/men' (N-sing.
The majority of narrating phrases that present or report actions or exchanges of conversation that are crucial in characterisation, is introduced by would; and the pace suddenly decelerates to that of the scenical mode, while the reader only gets a vague impression whether what is being presented is told in the singulative (it happened once and is told once) or in the iterative mode (it happened an indefinite number of time but is told only once--a common technique also in Lawrence's later prose).
The fact that the telling dynamics carefully stresses the HERE and NOW of the singulative moment of observation ("the people who see me," "on the spot") contrasts sharply with the transformative and transfigurative procedure of writing satirically about the people observed.
internal, unexpressed) singular determinative is associated with singulative interpretation of a count noun, as in (22a) (vs.
28a) specifies that less is optionally ("< >") plural, and (28b) requires that, if it is, it cannot have a singulative subordinate to it, and the partitive phrase it takes is thus collective.
Therefore, "the classifier is an individualizer which performs the same function as a singulative derivational affix in languages with the collective/singulative distinction" (Greenberg 1990a: 177, 184).
It is this third property of narrative temporality and, more particularly, of the singulative narrative that we want to take up in this note.
This long explanation thus apprises us that there are two types of singulative narrative: that where what happened once (1R/1H) is related once and that where what has happened several times is related several times (nR/nH).
Before he leaves and after he returns, the text repeats in multiple singulative frequency the words he is engaged in copying like a reminder that the job of copying will not go away and that he is still at the same place in his work: "In no case shall the said Bernard Bodley be .