1st Edition

Numeral Classifiers and Classifier Languages
Chinese, Japanese, and Korean

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ISBN 9781138054974
December 30, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
184 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

Byeong-uk Yi

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

Takashi Ilda

Chapter V: Anti-Generic (Existential) and Distributive Nature of NumCL-Marking

Kwang-sup Kim

Chapter VI: Classifiers, Articles, and Bare Nominals

Chungmin Lee

Chapter VII: Japanese Numeral Quantifiers that Count Events

Byeong-uk Yi

Chapter VIII: How Classifiers Affect the Mental Representation of Entities

Mana Kobuchi-Philip

Chapter IX: Descriptive Function of Numeral Classifiers: A Corpus Based Analysis of Numeral Classifiers in Korean

Mutsumi Imai and Junko Kanero

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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.