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Classifiers and Plurals in 7 languages



Date Submitted: 19-Sep-2012
From: YunJu Chen
Subject: Classifiers and Plurals in 7 languages
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Notice: Borer (2005) claimed that classifiers and plurals are the same category, so they can’t co-occur. However, classifiers and plurals were both exist in 7 languages including Mokilese, Kham, Ulithian, Hatam, Tuvaluan, Khmer, and Indonesian. So I try to find the examples with the co-occurrence of classifiers and plurals in the languages to make sure whether it is possible for classifiers and plurals to co-occur in a sentence in the 7 languages.

For example, classifiers and plurals can co-occur in a sentence in Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Belhare, and Ainu.

(1)san ge xuesheng men
three CL students PL
'three students' (Mandarin Chinese)

(2)gakusei-tati san-nin
student-PL three-CL
'three students' (Japanese)

(3)sip- -pa mai-chi
two-CL person-PL[ABS]
‘two people’ (Belhare)

(4)okkaypo utar tu-n
young.man PL two-human.CLF
'two young men' (Ainu)

Could anyone tell me whether classifiers and plurals can co-occur in the same sentence in the 7 languages? (Mokilese,Kham,Ulithian,Hatam,Tuvaluan,Khmer,and Indonesian)

Thank you very much.