Numeral classifiers in Munya, a Tibeto-Burman language

Bai, Junwei (2019) Numeral classifiers in Munya, a Tibeto-Burman language. In: Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y., and Mihas, Elena I., (eds.) Genders and Classifiers: A Cross-Linguistic Typology. Explorations in Linguistic Typology . Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 282-298.

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The topic of the chapter is Munya, a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in the western part of Sichuan Province, China. Classifiers in Munya include numeral classifiers and verbal action classifiers. There are two sets of numerals in Munya, a native set and a set borrowed from Tibetan, and both can function as the loci of numeral classifiers. Based on semantics, numeral classifiers in Munya can be categorized as sortal classifiers and mensural classifiers. The chapter shows that one of the typologically unusual features of Munya is that several numeral classifiers have extended their functions. Erstwhile classifiers are shown to function as quantifiers, adverbs, adverbial manner demonstratives, and complementizing strategies. In addition, the chapter shows that Munya has two ways of forming verbal action classifiers: a general verbal action classifier can be either suffixed to a number word, or a verbal root can function as a verbal action classifier.

Item ID: 60958
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-19-884201-9
Keywords: Munya, numeral classifier, numeral, verbal action classifier, Tibetan
Copyright Information: © Junwei Bai 2019. First published in 2019 by Oxford University Press.
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2019 04:26
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4704 Linguistics > 470499 Linguistics not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950202 Languages and Literacy @ 100%
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