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Ministry of Education, Science, Youth and Sports of Ukraine
Kyiv National Linguistic University
Department of Grammar and History of English

Course paper

The Problem of the Definite Article in the English Language

Ludmila Dubenyuk
Group 404
Department of Germanic Philology

Research Adviser
Volkova

Kyiv 2011
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION ……………………………………………………………........3 CHAPTER ONE. THE PROBLEM OF THE ARTICLE DEFINITION……..4
1.1. Approaches to describe the notion of the article……………………..4 1.2. The nature of the article ………..…………………………….………….7

1.3.Theories of definiteness explanation……………………………………...9

1. Familiarity theory……………………………………..…………9 2. Identifiability theory……………………………………………..9 3. Uniqueness theory……………………………………………...10 4. Inclusiveness theory……………………………………………10 5. Anaphoric Definites and Generics……………………………..11 6. Discourse Semantics…………………………………………...13 7. Relevance theory……………………………………………….14 Conclusions to Chapter One ………………………………………………..…..16 CHAPTER TWO. THE USAGE OF THE DEFINITE ARTICLE ………….17 2.1. General rules of the definite article usage…………………………...……17 2.2. Special cases of definite article usage …………………….………….…20 2.2.1. The definite article with geographical names …........................26 2.2.2. The definite article with proper nouns ………………….……..29 2.2.3. The definite article with names of buildings and institutions….30 2.2.4. The use of the article with the names of newspapers, periodicals and sporting events………………………………………………………………..31 2.2.5. The usage of the definite article with the names of festivals, organizations, political institutions, languages, months and days………………...32 Conclusions to Chapter Two ………………………………………………..….39 GENERAL CONCLUSIONS …………………………………………………..40 RÉSUMÉ ……………………………………………………………………... 41 LITERATURE CITED ……………………………………………………… 42 LIST OF REFERENCE MATERIALS ……………………………………. 43

INTRODUCTION
This course paper was conducted to make a research in order to definite the problems of the article itself and its usage in the English language that Slavic people, whose languages are deprived of the article, usually encounter to. Some grammarians consider the article to be a kind of morpheme, another differentiate it as a separate part of speech. The absence of the article is accordingly referred to as “zero article” applied in inflected languages to certain forms of having no grammatical endings and thus differing from such forms of the same word as have their own endings. This statement is open to question and not in every sense valid. It seems more in accordance with the nature of the language to identify the English article as a typical morphological category, a special function word used as an overt marker of the noun and contributing to its meaning. It is worthy of note that for English, being an analytical language, the notion of article is of primary importance because only in such a way the idea of definiteness/ indefiniteness may be expressed. The aim of work is to investigate how and where to use the article, its features and complications of the usage. The theoretical value of the research lies in systematization of the definite article usage in the English language. The practical value of the course paper is using the conclusions, statements, materials, vivid examples can be used either for the teaching process at the university and practical classes in the theoretical course of English and general linguistic or for certain educational theoretical working up in English grammar for students of specialized departments. The object is the definite article in the English language itself. The subject is the use of the definite article in the...
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