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Classifiers and DP Structure in Southeast Asia

Andrew Simpson

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/9780195136517.013.0018

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Classifiers and DP Structure in Southeast Asia

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This article examines the variations in determiner phrase (DP) and classifiers in Southeast Asian languages. It describes the internal structure of DP and addresses the specific problem of how to account for the considerable amount of cross-linguistic variation that appears to occur in the ordering of constituents in DP. The article suggests that the significant distortion of underlying DP structure is often caused by XP-movement inside the DP, and that variation can essentially be attributed to elements being in different stages of ongoing historical development and reanalysis.

Keywords: Southeast Asian languages; determiner phrase; classifiers; cross-linguistic variation; XP-movement

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

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