24.2241, Books: Classifier Structures in Mandarin Chinese: Zhang

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Date: Thu, 30 May 2013 12:39:42
From: Linda Steglich [linda.steglich at degruyter.com]
Subject: Classifier Structures in Mandarin Chinese: Zhang

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Title: Classifier Structures in Mandarin Chinese 
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 263  

Publication Year: 2013 
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
	   http://www.degruyter.com/mouton
	

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/203858?format=G 


Author: Niina Ning Zhang

Electronic: ISBN:  9783110304992 Pages: 319 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN:  9783110303742 Pages: 319 Price: Europe EURO 99.95


Abstract:

This monograph addresses fundamental syntactic issues of classifier
constructions, based on a thorough study of a typical classifier language,
Mandarin Chinese. It shows that the contrast between count and mass is not
binary. Instead, there are two independently attested features: Numerability,
the ability of a noun to combine with a numeral directly, and Delimitability,
the ability of a noun to be modified by a delimitive modifier, such as size,
shape, or boundary modifier. Although all nouns in Chinese are non-count
nouns, there is still a mass/non-mass contrast, with mass nouns selected by
individuating classifiers and non-mass nouns selected by individual
classifiers. Some languages have the counterparts of Chinese individuating
classifiers only, some languages have the counterparts of Chinese individual
classifiers only, and some other languages have no counterpart of either
individual or individuating classifiers of Chinese. The book also reports that
unit plurality can be expressed by reduplicative classifiers in the language.
Moreover, for the constituency of a numeral expression, an individual,
individuating, or kind classifier combines with the noun first and then the
numeral is integrated; but a partitive or collective classifier, like a
measure word, combines with the numeral first, before the noun is integrated
into the whole nominal structure. Furthermore, the book identifies the
syntactic positions of various uses of classifiers in the language. A
classifier is at a functional head position that has a dependency with a
numeral, or a position that has a dependency with a generic or existential
quantifier, or a position that represents the singular-plural contrast, or a
position that licenses a delimitive modifier when the classifier occurs in a
compound.
 



Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                     Syntax

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)


Written In: English  (eng)

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