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Numeral Classifiers in Tai Lue (Xishuangbanna)

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Title:Numeral Classifiers in Tai Lue (Xishuangbanna)
Authors:Phillips, Audra
Hanna, William J.
Keywords:Tai Lue
Southwestern Tai
numeral classifiers
classifier constructions
Date Issued:27 Sep 2019
Abstract: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.
Pages/Duration:30 pages
Journal:Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society
Appears in Collections: A. Research Papers (Peer-Reviewed)

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