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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