Partition and Quantity : Numeral Classifiers, Measurement, and Partitive Constructions in Mandarin Chinese, Hardback Book

Partition and Quantity : Numeral Classifiers, Measurement, and Partitive Constructions in Mandarin Chinese Hardback

Part of the Routledge Studies in Chinese Linguistics series

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Partition and Quantity: Numeral Classifiers, Measurement, and Partitive Constructions in Mandarin Chinese presents an in-depth investigation into the semantic and syntactic properties of Chinese classifiers and conducts a comprehensive examination on the use of different quantity constructions in Chinese.

This book echoes a rapid development in the past decades in Chinese linguistics research within the generative framework on Chinese classifier phrases, an area that has emerged as one of the most cutting-edge themes in the field of Chinese linguistics.

The book on the one hand offers a closer scrutiny on empirical data and revisits some long-lasting research problems, such as the semantic factor bearing on the formation of Chinese numeral classifier constructions, the (non-)licensing of the linker de ( ) in between the numeral classifier and the noun, and the conditions regulating the use of pre-classifier adjectives.

On the other hand, particular attention is paid to the issues that have been less studied or gone unnoticed in previous studies, including a (more) fine-grained subcategorization of Chinese measurement constructions, the multiple grammatical roles played by the marker de ( ) in different numeral classifier constructions, the formation and derivation of Chinese partitive constructions, etc.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 230 pages, 68 Line drawings, black and white; 6 Tables, black and white
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Grammar, syntax
  • ISBN: 9781138182523

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