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Chinese Classifiers and Count Nouns

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Authors
Yi, Byeong-Uk
Issue Date
2009
Publisher
Institute for Cognitive Science, Seoul National University
Citation
Journal of Cognitive Science, Vol.10 No.2, pp. 209-226
Keywords
classifiercount nounmass noun hypothesisnumberquantityquantifiermeasure word
Abstract
Many linguists, philosophers, and anthropologists hold that classifier languages,
including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Thai, have no count nouns,
and that all their common nouns are mass nouns. This paper argues that Chinese
draws a syntactic, as well as semantic, distinction between mass and count
nouns, and suggests how the approach taken to clarify the distinction can be
extended to other classifier languages.
ISSN
1598-2327
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/70762
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