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Author Zhang, Niina Ning.

Title Classifier Structures in Mandarin Chinese.

Publication Info. Berlin : De Gruyter, 2013.

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Description 1 online resource (332 pages).
Series Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM]
Trends in linguistics. Studies and monographs ; 263.
Note Print version record.
Contents Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Classifiers and countability; 2.1. Introduction; 2.2. Decomposing countability; 2.2.1. Identifying two new features syntagmatically; 2.2.2. Defining count and mass by the two features; 2.2.3. Attesting the two features in co-occurrence restrictions; 2.2.4. Attesting the two features in pronominalization; 2.2.5. Attesting the two features in shifts; 2.2.6. Numerability and number; 2.3. The two features in nouns; 2.3.1. Numerability of nouns; 2.3.2. Delimitability of nouns; 2.4. The two features in unit words.
2.4.1. CLs and measure words2.4.2. Unit words that occur with [-Delimitable]; 2.4.3. Unit words that occur with [+Delimitable]; 2.4.4. Unit words that occur with [┬▒Delimitable]; 2.4.5. The CL ge; 2.4.6. Unit words as unique Numerability bearers in Chinese; 2.4.7. Delimitability of unit words; 2.5. Reflections on the studies of countability; 2.5.1. What's new?; 2.5.2. The semantic approach to countability; 2.5.3. The morphological approach to countability; 2.5.4. The multi-criteria approach to countability; 2.5.5. Other non-binary analyses of countability; 2.5.6. Experimental perspective.
2.6. Reflections on the studies of CLs in numeral expressions2.6.1. The syntactic foundations of the presence of CLs; 2.6.2. How special are the CLs of CL languages?; 2.6.3. The sortal-mensural contrast and CLs that do not classify; 2.6.4. The unreliability of the de and pre-CL adjective arguments; 2.6.5. Experimental perspective; 2.7. Chapter summary; Chapter 3: Classifiers and quantifiers; 3.1. Introduction; 3.2. Quantifiers that occur with a unit word; 3.3. Quantifiers that occur without a unit word; 3.4. The ambiguous cases; 3.5. Non-numeral uses of yi 'one' in nominals.
3.5.1. G-YI: Yi as a generic quantifier3.5.2. E-YI: Yi as an existential quantifier; 3.5.3. M-YI: Yi as a maximal quantifier; 3.6. Chapter summary; Chapter 4: Classifiers and plurality; 4.1. Introduction; 4.1.1. Number in Mandarin Chinese?; 4.1.2. General number and optional number marking; 4.1.3. Abundant plural; 4.2. Unit plurality; 4.2.1. RUWs as unit-plurality markers; 4.2.2. The productivity; 4.2.3. RUWs, E-YI, and distributivity; 4.2.4. Definiteness and specificity of RUW nominals; 4.2.5. The interactions of numerals and number markers; 4.3. Unit singularity.
4.3.1. SUWs as unit-singularity markers4.3.2. The productivity; 4.3.3. The problems of the numeral-deletion analysis; 4.3.4. Definiteness and specificity of SUW nominals; 4.4. Morphological and semantic markedness; 4.5. Number marking in CL languages; 4.6. Chapter summary; Chapter 5: The syntactic constituency of numeral expressions; 5.1. Introduction; 5.2. Four arguments for the non-unified analysis; 5.2.1. The scope of a left-peripheral modifier; 5.2.2. The effect of modifier-association; 5.2.3. Semantic selection; 5.2.4. The order of size and shape modifiers; 5.2.5. Two possible structures.
Note 5.3. Invalid arguments.
Summary In Classifier Structure in Mandarin Chinese, Niina Ning Zhang proposes a new approach to the count-mass contrast, and the properties and functions of classifiers when they occur with numerals, with various quantifiers, in compounds, and in reduplicative forms. The new approach makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the existence of classifiers in numeral classifier languages. The investigation also uncovers that certain non-classifier languages lack only one type of classifiers, whereas other non-classifier languages may lack other types of classifiers.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 290-314) and index.
Subject Chinese language -- Textbooks for foreign speakers -- English.
Chinese language -- Simplified characters.
Mandarin dialects.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY -- Chinese.
Chinese language. (OCoLC)fst00857383
Chinese language -- Simplified characters. (OCoLC)fst00857531
Mandarin dialects. (OCoLC)fst01007446
Genre/Form Textbooks -- for English speakers. (OCoLC)fst01423865
Other Form: Print version: Zhang, Niina Ning. Classifier Structures in Mandarin Chinese. Berlin : De Gruyter, ┬ę2013 9783110303742
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