Numeral classifiers in Ersu

Zhang, Sihong (2014) Numeral classifiers in Ersu. Language and Linguistics, 15 (6). pp. 883-914.

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Abstract

This paper analyzes the numeral classifier system in Ersu, a previously under-documented Tibeto-Burman language spoken in Sichuan Province, China. Ersu numeral classifiers obligatorily follow a numeral in the context of counting. The language has a rich set of numeral classifiers, including sortal classifiers, mensural classifiers, time classifiers and repeaters. Their functional range involves individualization, classification, referentialization and emphasis. The paper concludes that Ersu not only shares common features with other Tibeto-Burman languages in this area, but also has some unique typological characteristics.

Item ID: 37946
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1606-822X
Keywords: Ersu, numeral classifiers, Tibeto-Burman language
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2015 16:55
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 100%
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