Numeral Classifiers in Tai Lue (Xishuangbanna)

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2019-09-27
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Phillips, Audra
Hanna, William J.
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12
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2
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34
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The Tai Lue language has a complex numeral classifier system in common with other Southeast Asian languages. Using data from a 344,000-word corpus of Tai Lue texts, this paper catalogues Tai Lue numeral classifiers and the constructions in which they occur. Like Standard Thai and Lao, the general inanimate classifier an⁴ and the animal classifier too¹ can substitute for specific classifiers, including classifiers for humans, when they host a demonstrative, adjective, or relative clause. Moreover, the human classifier, pʰuu³, occurs almost exclusively in these descriptive constructions.
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Tai Lue, Southwestern Tai, Kam-Tai, numeral classifiers, classifier constructions
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30 pages
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