Quantifiers (Q, QR, QS, Q$)

Words sometimes tagged as quantifiers
NOUGHT, NOT (Quantifier)
MUCH (Quantifier)
LITTLE (Quantifier)
NO (Quantifier)
NONE (Quantifier)
HALF (Quantifier)
ILKE (Quantifier)
Quantified nouns
Quantified adverbs
EVER plus quantifier
Comparative and superlative quantifiers
Genitive/Possessive quantifiers
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The following words are always tagged Q:


        all_Q Englond_NPR
        any_Q man_N
        each_Q other_OTHER
        every_Q dele_N
        within_P fewe_Q yeres_NS
        many_Q yssues_NS
        some_Q myracle_N

        &_CONJ +tunche+d_VBP hofles_ADJ &_CONJ 
        hoker_ADJ of_P eawt_Q +tt_C me_MAN sei+d_VBP 
        +te_PRO o+der_CONJ de+d_DOP +getten_ADV

Words sometimes tagged as quantifiers

NOUGHT, NOT (Quantifier)

NOUGHT, NAHT, NOT, etc. in the meaning NOTHING are tagged Q.
        al_Q for_P nawt_Q +tu_PRO prokest_VBD me_PRO

        Ant_CONJ +tah_ADV nis_NEG+BEP inempnet_VAN her_ADV 
        nawt_Q of_P heouenliche_ADJ luren_NS +te_C passi+d_VBP 
        alle_Q wi+d-uten_P euenunge_N ._.

        for_P +tt_D ful+de_N nis_NEG+BEP hit_PRO nawt_Q
In early texts where NAWIHT has not yet differentiated into NOT and NOUGHT, it is tagged Q if an object is required, and otherwise NEG, even when it is in a position not usually associated with NOT. See Section NEGATION.
        and_CONJ he_PRO him_PRO naue+t_NEG+HVP nawiht_NEG iholpen_VBN

        he_PRO him_PRO nawiht_NEG ne_NEG help_VBD

MUCH (Quantifier)

MUCH is tagged Q except when it follows a determiner or possessive, is the predicate in a copular construction or small clause or is conjoined with an adjective; see Section ADJECTIVAL MUCH, MORE, MOST, LESS, LEAST.
        muche_Q people_N
        they_PRO preysed_VBD them_PRO much_Q

        for_CONJ ye_PRO have_HVP much_Q to_TO do_DO 
        yet_ADV in_P thys_D londe_N

        Hit_PRO is_BEP a_D michel_ADJ reunesse_N of_P 
        mani_Q mann_N +de_C is_BEP on_P michele_Q dwele_N 
        on_P him_PRO seluen_N

        ouer_P +tat_D michele_ADJ water_N

        his_PRO$ michele_ADJ wisdom_N

LITTLE (Quantifier)

LITTLE is tagged Q when it indicates an amount, and ADJ when it means SMALL. See Section LITTLE (ADJECTIVE).
        sume_Q deden_DOD to_ADVR litel_Q

        oc_CONJ sc+a_PRO hedde_HVD litel_Q blisse_N mid_P him_PRO

        +Tet_D w+as_BED for+ti_P+D +tet_C corn_N w+as_BED litel_Q

        they_PRO been_BEP but_FP litel_Q syb_N to_P yow_PRO ,_.

        a_D littill_Q wyn_N

        a_D littill_Q gres_N

        +dis_D little_ADJ writt_N

        be_P little_ADJ stechches_NS

        +te_D little_ADJ +tyeues_NS

        a_D litel_ADJ reste_N

        Wit_PRO moten_MD +giet_ADV a_D litel_ADJ swinken_VB

        &_CONJ do_DOI a_D littill_ADJ in_P thyn_PRO$ eghne_NS


BOTH, EITHER, and NEITHER are either quantifiers or conjunctions. See Section COORDINATING CONJUNCTIONS.
        on_P bothe_Q partyes_NS

        both_CONJ ryche_ADJ and_CONJ poure_ADJ

        neither_CONJ God_NPR ne_CONJ man_N

        neither_Q of_P hem_PRO

        eyther_Q knyght_N

        in_P ey+ter_Q side_N 

        ai+der_CONJ +ge_CONJ hodede_VAN +ge_CONJ leawede_ADJ

NO (Quantifier)

NO is tagged Q when it modifies a noun, adverb, adjective or quantifier, NEG in a WHETHER OR NO clause (see Section NEGATION); otherwise INTJ (see Section INTERJECTIONS).
        no_Q knyghtes_NS

        the_D Frensshe_ADJ booke_N maketh_VBP no_Q mencyon_N

        no_Q lenger_ADJR

        therfore_ADV+P seke_VBI no_Q ferther_ADJR

        no_Q more_QR

        Whether_WQ hit_PRO be_BEP so_ADV other_CONJ no_NEG

        '_' No_INTJ ,_, '_' seyde_VBD she_PRO ,_, 

NONE (Quantifier)

NONE is tagged NEG in a WHETHER OR NONE clause (see Section NONE, NO (Negation)), and otherwise Q.
        whether_WQ he_PRO wole_MD werke_VB by_P that_D 
        conseil_N or_CONJ noon_Q

HALF (Quantifier)

HALF is tagged Q when it precedes a determiner, or acts adverbially; otherwise NUM or N (see Section CARDINAL NUMBERS EXCEPT ONE).
        half_Q a_D year_N

        they_PRO had_HVD gotten_VBN half_Q the_D world_N

        if_P the_D bishop_N that_C is_BEP but_FP half_Q given_VAN to_P
        Gods_NPR$ service_N does_DOP nothing_Q+N ...

ILKE (Quantifier)

ILKE is tagged Q when it precedes a noun alone or a noun with a determiner as in ILK A ONE, but ADJ when it follows a determiner (or basically means THE SAME rather than EACH) as in THILKE ONE; see Section THILKE.
        ilk_Q a_D man_N

        ilk_Q a_D morsel_N

        in_P ilk_Q anger_N +tat_C he_PRO suffers_VBP

        ilk_Q ane_ONE bryghter_ADJR +tan_P other_OTHER

        +tat_D ilk_ADJ day_N

        +tanne_ADV forsake_VBI +tow_PRO +te_D unlawful_ADJ wedlok_N 
        +tat_C +tu_PRO hast_HVP i-made_VBN  with_P 
        +tilke_D+ADJ Iuditha_NPR

        +tey_PRO schulde_MD in_P +tilke_D+ADJ dayes_NS faste_VB
         and_CONJ be_BE chaste_ADJ

Quantified nouns

Quantified nouns are treated as combinations of Q plus THING, ONE, PLACE, WIHT, etc.
        something_Q+N           someone_Q+ONE           someplace_Q+N 
        anything                anyone                  anyplace 
        nothing                 noone                   noplace
        everything              everyone                etc.
        ther_EX shalle_MD be_BE nothyng_Q+N resonable_ADJ

        I_PRO fond_VBD nobody_Q+N at_P home_N

        +te_D luuie+d_VBP eawiht_Q+N buten_P him_PRO

Quantified adverbs

Quantified adverbs are treated as combinations of Q plus WHERE, HOW, TIME, WHAT, etc.
        somewhere_Q+WADV        somehow_Q+WADV          sometime_Q+N
        anywhere                anyhow                  anytime
        somewhat_Q+WPRO                                 somedel_Q+N
        he_PRO worschipped_VBD mawmetrie_N som-what_Q+WPRO 
        of_P tyme_N wi+t_P his_PRO$ contrey_N men_NS of_P Arabia_NP

        And_CONJ thereon_ADV+P hongyth_VBP many_Q fayre_ADJ 
        shyldys_NS that_C welded_VBD somtyme_Q+N good_ADJ knyghtes_NS

        for_P he_PRO wolde_MD somdel_Q+N varie_VB 
        from_P +te_D Iewes_NPRS

EVER plus quantifier

Apart from EVER-EACH/EVERY, which is treated as a single word, EVER plus a quantifier is tagged ADV.
        Et_P +te_D biginning_N of_P eauer_Q21 vh_Q22 tide_N

        eauer_Q21 euch_Q22 bruche_N

        swottre_ADJR +ten_P eauer_ADV eani_Q +ting_N

        for_P whi_WADV for_P the_D knytting_N togidrere_ADV of_P the_D
        heed_N to_P the_D body_N hooly_ADJ scripture_NPR spekith_VBP 
        sumtyme_Q+N of_P euer_ADV either_Q vndir_P oo_ONE resoun_N

Comparative and superlative quantifiers

FEWER and FEWEST are always tagged QR and QS respectively. MORE, LESS, and MOST, LEAST can be quantifiers, or adjectives (in the meaning GREATER, GREATEST, and SMALLER, SMALLEST). Although it is not possible to distinguish all the cases, we tag them as adjectives in the following clear contexts and as quantifiers in all other cases. See Sections COMPARATIVE ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS and SUPERLATIVE ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS.
        and_CONJ founde_VBD the_D shippe_N coverde_VAN with_P sylke_N 
        more_QR blacker_ADJR than_P ony_Q bere`_N ,_.

        And_CONJ of_P that_D grete_ADJ beawte`_N I_PRO had_HVD a_D litill_Q
        pryde_N ,_, more_QR than_P I_PRO oughte_MD to_TO have_HV had_HVN ._.

        for_CONJ they_PRO aske_VBP never_ADV nothynge_Q+N of_P me_PRO 
        but_P I_PRO gyff_VBP hem_PRO that_D and_CONJ much_Q more_QR ._.

        he_PRO wule_MD for_VB21 beoren_VB22 ou_PRO lesse_QR

        neluue+d_NEG+VBP he_PRO us_PRO +te_D lesse_QR

        ye_PRO ar_BEP the_D knyght_N in_P the_D worlde_N that_C I_PRO 
        have_HVP moste_QS desyre_N to_P

        whycch_WPRO was_BED the_D moste_QS bryghtist_ADJS angell_N 
        of_P hevyn_NPR

        the_D lest_QS of_P them_PRO myght_MD have_HV ben_BEN the_D 
        dethe_N of_P the_D myghtyest_ADJS gyaunt_N

        in_P another_D+OTHER place_N it_PRO settith_VBP 
        fewere_QR +geeris_NS

        +tei_PRO hopen_VBP to_TO haue_HV fewer_QR felowes_NS

Genitive/Possessive quantifiers

Although genitive/possessive forms of quantifiers are not normally marked, they are marked in the following cases:
  1. when no noun is present in a possessive NP to carry the possessive marker
           ure_PRO$ alre_Q$ fader_N        father of all of us
           here_PRO$ beire_Q$ luue_N       love of both of them
  2. in essentially superlative adjectival and adverbial expressions like ALRE FIRST (FIRST OF ALL) and ALRE BEST (BEST OF ALL), etc.
           alre_Q$ sorest_ADVS               sorest of all
           alre_Q$ fairest_ADJS              fairest of all
           hegest_ADJS alre_Q$ lor+tew_N     highest teacher of all