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Nominal Arguments and Language Variation$
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Li Julie Jiang

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190084165

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190084165.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
Nominal Arguments and Language Variation

Li Julie Jiang

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a brief introduction to the book. It provides general criteria for the definition of a “classifier language” and offers an overview of the properties along which classifier languages may vary. After briefly discussing two ongoing debates regarding nominal arguments—one is about the syntax of nominal arguments and the other is about the reference of bare nominal argument terms—this chapter provides a brief summary of each of the remaining chapters.

Keywords:   classifier, measure words, individual/sortal classifiers, mensural classifiers, definition of a classifier language, variable properties of classifier languages, syntax, nominal arguments, DP, reference of bare nouns

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