Focusing mainly on classifiers, Numeral Classifiers and Classifier Languages offers a deep investigation of three major classifier languages: Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. This book provides detailed discussions well supported by empirical evidence and corpus analyses. Theoretical hypotheses regarding differences and commonalities between numeral classifier languages and other mainly article languages are tested to seek universals or typological characteristics. The essays collected here from leading scholars in different fields promise to be greatly significant in the field of linguistics for several reasons. First, it targets three representative classifier languages in Asia. It also provides critical clues and suggests solutions to syntactic, semantic, psychological, and philosophical issues about classifier constructions. Finally, it addresses ensuing debates that may arise in the field of linguistics in general and neighboring inter-disciplinary areas. This book should be of great interest to advanced students and scholars of East Asian languages.

chapter |5 pages


ByChungmin Lee, Young-Wha Kim, Byeong-uk Yi

chapter 1|34 pages

Numeral classifiers and diversity of classifier systems

ByByeong-uk Yi

chapter 2|32 pages

Taxonomy of numeral classifiers

A formal semantic proposal
ByJiun-Shiung Wu, One-Soon Her

chapter 3|26 pages

Japanese semantics and the mass/count distinction 1

ByTakashi Iida

chapter 6|35 pages

Classifiers, articles, and bare nominals 1

ByByeong-uk Yi

chapter 7|25 pages

Japanese numeral quantifiers that count events

ByMana Kobuchi-Philip

chapter 8|34 pages

How classifiers affect the mental representation of entities

ByMutsumi Imai, Junko Kanero

chapter 9|27 pages

Descriptive function of numeral classifiers

A corpus-based analysis of numeral classifiers in Korean
ByYoung-Wha Kim