- AKA: Collective Noun, Class Noun
- It can be:
- It can be a Countable Noun, a Mass Noun, or a Collective Noun.
- It can receive the tag NN (Singular Common Noun) or NNS (Plural Common Noun) in the Penn Treebank Format.
- It can be described in a Dictionary or Lexical Database.
- It can be a Hypernym.
- It can be the Head Word to a Nominal Mention.
- It can have an Upper Case First Letter if it begins a Sentence.
- Singular Common Noun: carrier cabbage knuckle-duster Casino afghan shed thermostat investment slide humour falloff slick wind hyena override subhumanity machinist ...
- Plural Common Noun: undergraduates scotches bric-a-brac products bodyguards facets coasts divestitures storehouses designs clubs fragrances averages subjectivists apprehensions muses factory-jobs ...
- “son-in-law” and “sons-in-law” are Compound Noun.
- “geese” and "gaggle” are Collective Nouns.
- “gravel” and “furniture” are Mass Nouns.
- “egg” and “son-in-law” are Countable Nouns.
- “relational data”, “algorithm”, a Technical Term that refers to a Class.
- Found in many Natural Languages:
- Body parts and functions: hair, head, eye, cheek, tongue, live, die, breath, cough, urine, tear, pus.
- Kinship terms: mother, uncle, aunt, daughter-in-law, son-in-law.
- Basic natural world entities: river, lake, water, sun, lightning, root.
- Elementary technology: fire, needle, drill, bow, arrow, glue, rope.
- See: Nominal Mention, Subsumption Relation.
- (WordNet, 2009) ⇒ http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=common%20noun
- S: (n) common noun (a noun that denotes any or all members of a class)
- Wiktionary http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/common_noun
- 1. A noun that can be preceded by an indefinite article, and denotes any member, or all members of a class; an ordinary noun such as "dog" or "city."
- 2. An uncapitalized noun.
- (Wikipedia, 2009) ⇒ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_noun#Proper_nouns_and_common_nouns
- Proper nouns (also called proper names) are nouns representing unique entities (such as London, Jupiter or Johnny), as distinguished from common nouns which describe a class of entities (such as city, planet or person).
- Sometimes the same word can function as both a common noun and a proper noun, where one such entity is special. For example the common noun god denotes all deities, while the proper noun God references the monotheistic God specifically.
- ACE Benchmark Task
- Nominal mentions: The mention is a noun phrase whose head is a common noun
- (Woods, 1975)
- (Miller & Hristea, 2006)