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 (sĭng′gyə-lā′tĭv, -lə-tĭv)
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.
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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In Turkana, when an uncountable masculine or feminine noun is shifted to the Neuter Gender, (22) the resulting meaning is singulative. On the other hand, when countable masculine or feminine nouns are shifted to the Neuter Gender, the resulting meaning is diminutive.
However, this is all applied more in terms of stop-start perforinativity, spectatability and iterability than strictly speaking reportability, i.e., the singulative facts of the case.
to different episodes and such repetitive narration hinders singulative
339-48); Olga Kapeliuk, "Is There a Singulative and a Paucal Plural in Ethio-Semitic?" (pp.
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:
De Jong meticulously examines two other criteria central to our study of time awareness in ancient literature: rhythm, which defines the narrative's speed and duration, and frequency, which takes account of "singulative" and repetitive accounts.
Narrative is segmented into events (and clusters of events that form episodes or subplots), voices, focalizations, temporalities (e.g., iterative narration gives way to singulative narration, narrative present to analepsis or prolepsis), and so on.
(4) Oromo Unmarked transnumeral form Singulative form (2) nama nam-ica 'man/men' ( 'a/the man' unmarked transnumeral form collective form (3) farda fard-oollee 'horse/horses' ( 'horses' (Stroomer 1987: 76-77, 84-85)
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).
While the novel is intently focused on the rituals of Cranford life, it also contains a series of unique social scenarios, or singulative narratives, that challenge the women's adherence to routine.
(8.) Gerard Genette distinguishes between "singulative" and "iterative" narratives in Narrative Discourse: An Essay in Method, trans.