Mental representation and cognitive consequences of Chinese individual classifiers

  title={Mental representation and cognitive consequences of Chinese individual classifiers},
  author={Minghao Gao and Barbara Claire Malt},
  journal={Language and Cognitive Processes},
  pages={1124 - 1179}
Classifier languages are spoken by a large portion of the world's population, but psychologists have only recently begun to investigate the psychological reality of classifier categories and their potential for influencing non-linguistic thought. The current work evaluates both the mental representation of classifiers and potential cognitive consequences for speakers of Mandarin Chinese. We first provide a taxonomy of 126 common classifiers and a large sample of the objects classified by each… 

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