Classifiers, Nominal
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In this article I introduce and discuss a number of properties of classifiers (liàngcí 量詞) in Chinese languages, particularly Mandarin and Cantonese, discussing both the functional and the lexical aspect of these elements.

1. Sortals and Measures

In this article, the term “classifier” refers to “sortal classifier”; it must be distinguished from “measure expressions”. As Croft (1994) …

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Rint SYBESMA, “Classifiers, Nominal”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 23 July 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000091>
First published online: 2015



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