Numeral Classifiers and Classifier Languages
Chinese, Japanese, and Korean
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Focussing mainly on classifiers, Numeral Classifier and Classifier Languages offers a deep investigation of the three major classifier languages: Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. It provides detailed discussions well supported by empirical evidence and corpus analyses. Theoretical hypotheses regarding differences and commonalities between numeral classifier languages and other mainly article languages are tested to seek universals or typological characteristics. The essays collected here from leading scholars in their field promise to be greatly significant in the field of linguistics for several reasons. First, it targets the three representative classifier languages in Asia. It also provides critical clues and suggests solutions for the syntactic and semantic issues of the classifier constructions. Finally, it discusses the ensuing debates that may arise in relation to the field of linguistics in general. This book should be of great interest to advanced students and scholars of East Asian languages.
Table of Contents
Chapter I: Numeral Classifiers and Diversity of Classifier Systems
Chapter II: Taxonomy of Numeral Classifiers: A Formal Semantic Proposal
Jiun-Shiung Wu and One-Soon Her
Chapter III: Japanese Semantics and the Mass/Count DistinctionChapter IV: A Continuum-Based Approach to the Count-Mass Distinction in Korean
Chapter V: Anti-Generic (Existential) and Distributive Nature of NumCL-Marking
Chapter VI: Classifiers, Articles, and Bare Nominals
Chapter VII: Japanese Numeral Quantifiers that Count Events
Chapter VIII: How Classifiers Affect the Mental Representation of Entities
Chapter IX: Descriptive Function of Numeral Classifiers: A Corpus Based Analysis of Numeral Classifiers in Korean
Mutsumi Imai and Junko Kanero
Young-Wha Kim is Professor Emeritus at the Department of English Language & Literature, College of Humanities, Hallym University, Korea.
Chungmin Lee is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Linguistics, Seoul National University.
Byeong-Uk Yi is Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto.