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Classifiers in Four Varieties of Chinese

Lisa L.-S. Cheng and Rint Sybesma

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195136517
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195136517.013.0007

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Classifiers in Four Varieties of Chinese

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This article examines the use of classifiers in four varieties of Chinese: Mandarin, Wu, Min, and Cantonese. It analyzes the distribution and interpretation of the different forms of nominal expressions in these languages, as well the variation that they display in this regard. The articlew investigates the question of what parameters play a role and attempts to find deeper reasons for some of the systematic contrasts. It also discusses the correlations between form, interpretation, and distribution of three different types of nominal expressions in Mandarin, Min, Wu, and Cantonese.

Keywords: classifiers; Chinese languages; Mandarin; Wu; Min; Cantonese; nominal expressions; systematic contrasts

Article.  11773 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology ; Language Families

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