Classifiers, Verbal
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Chinese has numeral classifiers (CLFs), which occur with a numeral, functioning as a counting unit. What is counted can be individuals, such as apples, as in (1a), or events, such as trips, as in (1b).






Nà   sān    gè    píngguǒ  dōu  hěn   dà.



that  three  clf  apple      all     very  big



‘Those three apples ar…

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Niina Ning ZHANG, “Classifiers, Verbal”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 30 March 2017 <>
First published online: 2015

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