Du nombre dans la langue chinoise: a propos de -MEN

@inproceedings{Maury1992DuND,
  title={Du nombre dans la langue chinoise: a propos de -MEN},
  author={F{\'e}licit{\'e} Maury},
  year={1992}
}
  • Félicité Maury
  • Published 1992
  • Philosophy
  • The grammatical category of number — unmarked singular vs marked plural — is lacking, right from its origin, in the Chinese language. Words used to indicate plurality can be already noticed, however, in documents prior to the Qin dynasty. Later, particles appear which play a similar role after personal pronouns and some nouns. -Men is one of them. Several hypotheses have been put forward about the origin of this suffix, which would date back to five centuries ago. In modern Chinese, -men is… CONTINUE READING

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