Acquisition of Classifiers and the Count-Mass Distinction, L1 (Mandarin)
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In numerical classifier languages, such as Mandarin, classifiers are morphemes that occur next to numerals and “classify” nouns on some semantic basis (see entry on Classifiers). For example, ‘three cats’ in Mandarin requires the classifier zhī 隻, which is typically used with nouns for animals (sān zhī māo 三隻貓 ‘three clf cat’). Thus, nominal syntax differs between classifier languages and “count…

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Peggy LI and Pierina CHEUNG, “Acquisition of Classifiers and the Count-Mass Distinction, L1 (Mandarin)”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 25 April 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_000101>
First published online: 2015



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