The Semantic Content of the General Classifier in Mandarin

  • James Myers Shu-Ping Gong Zhong-Gang Shen National Chung Cheng
  • Published 1999


A basic question in the study of nominal classifier systems concerns the relative roles of lexical semantics and grammatical rules. In this paper we address this issue by studying whether the Mandarin general classifier ge can be selected by a lexicon-independent default rule. Evidence comes first from a corpus analysis, which found no semantically coherent… (More)

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