1st Edition

The Semantics of Chinese Classifiers and Linguistic Relativity





ISBN 9780367598129
Published August 13, 2020 by Routledge
230 Pages

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The Semantics of Chinese Classifiers and Linguistic Relativity focuses on the semantic structure of Chinese classifiers under the cognitive linguistics framework, and the implications thereof on linguistic relativity and language acquisition. It examines the semantic correlation between a given classifier and its associated nouns. Nouns in Chinese, which are assigned specific classifiers according to their selected characteristics, reflect the process of human categorization. The concrete categories formed by the relationship between nouns and classifiers may serve to explain the conceptual structure of the Chinese language and certain underlying aspects of culture and human cognition.



Song Jiang is Assistant Professor of Chinese for the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at university of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.



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Song Jiang is assistant professor of Chinese for the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.