A unified analysis of classifiers and reduplication across nominal and verbal domains∗

Abstract

This paper discusses the use of classifiers and reduplication in Cantonese. I propose a unified account for the syntax-semantics of both nouns and verbs, based on two functional layers: individuation and quantification. I demonstrate an abstract semantics that handles the interaction between classifiers and reduplication without reference to syntactic categories. Quantification (reduplication) and individuation (classifiers) can be treated as general semantic functions that subsume category-specific functions. The analysis also separates quantification from individuation to provide a natural explanation of durative readings of reduplicated unbounded

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@inproceedings{Lam2014AUA, title={A unified analysis of classifiers and reduplication across nominal and verbal domains∗}, author={Charles Lam}, year={2014} }