Classifier effects on human categorization: the role of shape classifiers in Mandarin Chinese

  title={Classifier effects on human categorization: the role of shape classifiers in Mandarin Chinese},
  author={Jenny Yi-chun Kuo and Maria D. Sera},
  journal={Journal of East Asian Linguistics},
Chinese is a language that classifies nouns into groups on the basis of shape, material, and size. We asked whether the classification of nouns by shape affects the degree to which Chinese speakers rely on shape when classifying objects. Three experiments examined the degree to which Chinese- and English-speaking adults rely on shape versus taxonomic or functional similarity in a classification task. Across all three experiments, Chinese speakers made significantly more shape choices than… Expand
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