In a previous thread, BillJ used the term 'quasi-count-noun' to describe what I consider to be a very rare (and fascinating) feature of a very small number of nouns.
Checking in the CGEL conceptual index, I didn't find the term. Google searches turned up another relevant article by Bill on EnglishForums, and an irrelevant nonce usage by myself on WordWizard (that I've now adjusted).
The behaviour of nouns displaying what Bill refers to as quasi-count [usage] is that the nouns involved may be used as count nouns for larger (round) numbers but not for smaller.
200 cattle [were involved] ...................... *2 cattle
200 police [were present] ...................... *2 police
This usage is certainly met with, but may perhaps be regarded as disputable, or perhaps as headlinese.
Has anyone seen the term 'quasi-count' in an authoritative reference?
Has anyone any information concerning the acceptability of say '200 cattle' rather than '200 head of cattle'?
I'd ask for further examples if I wouldn't feel obliged to close-vote.