noun + classifier phrase order and foregrounding

Thurgood, Graham GThurgood at CSUCHICO.EDU
Sun Jun 5 14:46:10 UTC 2011

Dear all,

    Hainan Cham (Tsat) uses the order noun+classifier phrase versus classifier phrase+noun to indicate backgrounded vs. foregrounded, respectively. Do other languages do the same thing? I assume they must, but my assumptions are sometimes wrong.


Graham Thurgood
English Department
CSU Chico
Chico, CA 95929
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