I have been studying Peter Master's 2003 paper regarding null and zero articles and I am still not clear if he is saying that this is a peculiarity of English or if he is saying that this is a conceptual matter and that it will be apparent in all languages.
I ask this particularly as the matter of absent articles is something I meet with in Greek which has no indefinite article and is very generous with the definite. When the Greek article is missing, therefore, it is often quite a significant matter.
[Note: This question was asked on ELU but was thought to be more appropriate here as it concerns languages other than English.]
[Note to clarify : I am particularly interested in the precision of Hellenistic Greek. In English 'I have a dog' is ambiguous. (I might have three dogs, but I am deliberately not specifying.) But in Greek, there is no ambiguity - I am only admitting to possessing the concept 'dogness'.]