Definition of sortal in English:

sortal

Syllabification: sor·tal
Pronunciation: /ˈsôrtl
 
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Linguistics & Philosophy

adjective

Denoting or relating to a term representing a semantic feature that applies to an entity, classifying it as being of a particular kind.
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  • Let ‘F’ and ‘G’ be certain sortal terms, that is to say, general terms denoting certain sorts or kinds of substantial individual.
  • Such completely general terms as ‘thing’ ‘entity’ or ‘object’, on Dummett's view, are not genuine sortal terms, since they fail to provide any criteria of identity.
  • It will be shown that a semantic fit between the sortal restrictions activated by the preposition and a depicted object results in inhibitory effects.

noun

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A count noun, for example novel as opposed to fiction.
More example sentences
  • Another type of important simple sortal comprises the stage sortals that apply exclusively to partly real individuals of a given kind.
  • Moreover, artifact sortals can be essentially or nonessentially artifactual.
  • Sortals for living objects determine principles of activity; sortals for artifacts determine principles of functioning.

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