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Numeral quantifi ers and thematic relations

In Japanese, the act of counting people, animals, or things invariably invokes the use of a numeral quantifi er (NQ). A NQ consists of a numeral and a classifi er that agrees with the type of entity being counted. For example, to count people, one would use the classifi er -nin, as shown in (1). To count bound volumes such as books and magazines, the classifi er -satu is used, as shown in (2).2