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Classifier and Construction: The Interaction of Grammatical Categories and Cognitive Strategies *

  title={Classifier and Construction: The Interaction of Grammatical Categories and Cognitive Strategies *},
  author={Yung-O Biq},
This paper examines a Mandarin construction that involves the general classifier, ge, when the element to its right is not a N(P). Through usage-based investigation, V-ge-Comp is identified as a construction in vernacular Mandarin that expresses the attainment of an unusual resultant state. It is argued that the meaning of the construction relies critically on a reanalysis of the Comp as a noun-like element. The foregrounding discourse function of classifiers in general and the special status… 

On the Excessive Construction in Mandarin Chinese

This paper explores the excessive construction, formally represented as ”V ta ge N”, in Mandarin Chinese in terms of construction grammar. In view of its syntactic and semantic peculiarities, the

Conceptual Mapping and Functional Shift: The Case of Taiwanese Southern Min Cit-e *

This paper analyzes cit-e in various Taiwanese Southern Min constructions as extended from the numeral-classifier sequence cit8 e5(一個) 'one CL'. It is argued that cit8 e5, as the default classifier

From collocation to idiomatic expression: The grammaticalization of hao phrases/constructions in Mandarin Chinese

A synchronic case study of hao ‘good’ in Mandarin as it is used in modern spoken and written Chinese, which argues that in these phrases/constructions hao has de-categorialized from being of a major lexical category (stative verb), and the phrases/ constructions have grammaticalized into processing units with fixed prosodic and/or morphosyntactic coding, idiomatic meaning, and specific interactional function.

Mandarin Bare Classifier-Nouns: Towards a Universal Structure for Classifiers and Plurals

Following Borer’s Exo-Skeletal framework, a parallel is drawn between Mandarin classifiers and the English plural and under what conditions are bare CL-Ns acceptable.


F1 extension in length in length Fn relative flexibility lu ‘road ’ means relative flexibility in relation to other Formula 1 models.

The role of prosody in semantic change

This paper is the second report on our ongoing study of the evolution of intensifiers in Early Modern English. In our earlier paper, Adamson and González-Díaz (2004), we examined a number of



The discourse basis for lexical categories in universal grammar

Most linguists who have investigated linguistic categories from a universal viewpoint have accepted the existence of two basic parts of speech, NOUN and VERB. Other categories are found to be only

The Story of Heads and Tails ─On a Sequentially Sensitive Lexicon *

This paper examines the sequential nature of the functions of lexical items, discourse markers and speech formulae. They signal relations between units of talk by virtue of their sequential position

Classifiers and Semantic Type Coercion : Motivating a New Classification of Classifiers

It is argued that nouns are coerced by different types of classifiers to refer to kinds and events as well as to individuals, the first time that the previously abstract semantic distinctions between kinds, individuals and events is found to be instantiated in a particular system of a natural language grammar, namely, the classifier system.

Pattern Grammar: A corpus-driven approach to the lexical grammar of English

This book describes an approach to lexis and grammar based on the concept of phraseology and of language patterning arising from work on large corpora, intended to contribute to the current debate concerning how corpora challenge existing linguistic theories.

The classifier problem in Chinese aphasia

Classifiers are for specification: Complementary Functions for Sortal and General Classifiers in Cantonese and Mandarin

Pour decrire le film de Chafe "Histoires de poires", on utilise cinq fois plus de classificateurs sortaux {tiuh fl^ 'objet oblong') en cantonais qu'en mandarin. 40 % des noms apparaissent sans

A Chinese Corpus for Linguistic Research

This is a project note on the first stage of the construction of a comprehensive corpus of both Modern and Classical Chinese. The corpus is built with the dual aim of serving as the central database

Corpus, Concordance, Collocation

The emergence of a new view of language and the computer technology associated with it is charted in this study.