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Nominal Arguments and Language Variation

Li Julie Jiang


This book investigates nominal arguments in classifier languages. A long-held claim is that classifier languages do not have overt article determiners (D). This book, however, brings to the forefront the theoretical investigation on the typologically unique Nuosu Yi, a classifier language that will be shown to have an overt article determiner. By comparing nominal arguments in Nuosu Yi to those in Mandarin, the book provides a parametric account of variation among classifier languages and extends the account to argument formation in general. This book begins with a detailed examination of bare ... More

Keywords: classifier languages, nominal arguments, numerals, classifiers, bare numerals, DP, Mandarin, Nuosu Yi, (in)definiteness, variation

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190084165
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190084165.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Li Julie Jiang, author
Associate Professor of Chinese Linguistics, University of Hawaii at Manoa

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Part I A Classifier Language without D: Mandarin

Part II A Classifier Language with D

Part III When What You See Is What You Get and When It Is Not—Language Universals, Variation, and Typology of Nominal Arguments

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