English has a few determiners and determiner-like things that express universal quantification including all and every.
How naturalistic is it to have different sets of quantifiers based on features of the domain such as its number (and possibly other features like animacy or remoteness).
The noun governed by the determiner can be either singular or plural with little change in meaning.
Every rose has thorns.
All natural numbers are odd or even.
These sentences have the same meaning as
All roses have thorns and
Every natural number is odd or even.
In some languages, such as French, have something that can be analyzed as a determiner inflecting for gender and number of the noun:
tous/toute/tous/toutes which means
all. Although French also has
chaque, analogous to the English
each. The distribution is similar to English, but I can't provide any examples that I can independently verify because I'm not a native French speaker.
Anyway, I'm wondering about the naturalness of having different determiners depending on the number of the domain rather than the thing directly governed by the quantifier.
For instance, suppose we had
every(0) every(1) every(2) every(paucal) every(plural)
every(plural) are all(paucal) fairly natural.
every(2) seems to map onto English
both more or less directly, although
both cannot be used with a singular noun.
every(paucal) continent has a name starting with a vowel or a glide.
every(plural) electron is small.
However, a construction like
all(0) does have uses that aren't jokes and aren't related to logic or math.
A construction like the following seems reasonable and fairly easy to interpret.
I have done all(0) of my homework.