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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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Plurality and Complex Nominal Arguments in Mandarin

Plurality and Complex Nominal Arguments in Mandarin

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(p.157) Chapter 3 Plurality and Complex Nominal Arguments in Mandarin
Nominal Arguments and Language Variation

Li Julie Jiang

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 focuses on -men in Mandarin, a morpheme that has been analyzed as a plural marker and/or a collective marker and has been used to argue for the existence of DP projections in Mandarin. It defends the view that -men is a plural marker but argues against the analysis of placing -men in the D position. By treating -men as a plural morpheme, the Mandarin fact may seem to argue against the proposed uniform D-less structure of numeral containing phrases in Chapter 2. However, this chapter argues that the Mandarin fact does not force us to change the proposed structure in Chapter 2. Specifically, it proposes an analysis of -men as an associative plural marker. The analysis of -men further argues for the lack of DP in Mandarin.

Keywords:   Mandarin, plurality, -men, individual classifiers, group classifiers, numerals, DP, associative plurals, (in)definite

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