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The Reconstruction of the history of individual classifier in Chinese

  • The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China
  • Abbr : JSLCKC
  • 2009, (21), pp.66-99
  • DOI : 10.16874/jslckc.2009..21.004
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Study on Chinese Languge and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Published : October 31, 2009

李先银 1

1北京语言大学速成学院

Candidate

ABSTRACT

By reconstructing the evolutionary process of individual classifier in Chinese, This paper found that:(1)the individual classifier in Chinese started from imitating the frame “yi dou jiu” and motivated by analogy in form,(2) “mei” and “ge” was borrowed, not grammatized, as universal substitute classifiers to meet the expression need at different certain stage in the process,(3)the evolutionary process of individual classifier in Chinese was dominated by the mechanism of language selection.

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