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The aim of this paper is to contrast the near-synonymous Polish classifiers kupa 'heap', sterta 'pile', and stos 'stack', all of which encode upward-oriented arrangements of objects or substances and thus prototypically combine with concrete inanimate nouns, by means of a collocational analysis conducted on naturally-occurring data derived from the National Corpus of Polish. The results of the empirical investigation point to a tendency for kupa 'heap' to combine predominantly with mass nounsdoi:10.4467/20834624sl.20.020.12982 fatcat:wz27e572tbf5pefehzp7mvocci