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Nominal arguments and language variation

Author: Li Julie Jiang
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2021]
Series: Oxford studies in comparative syntax.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book investigates nominal arguments in classifier languages. A long-held claim is that classifier languages do not have overt article determiners (D). This book, however, brings to the forefront of the theoretical investigation on the typologically unique Nuosu Yi, a classifier language that will be shown to have an overt article determiner. By comparing nominal arguments in Nuosu Yi to those in Mandarin, the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Jiang, Li Julie,
Nominal arguments and language variation
New York : Oxford University Press, 2020.
(DLC) 2020016479
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Li Julie Jiang
ISBN: 9780190084165 0190084162 9780190084172 0190084170
OCLC Number: 1159660583
Notes: Revision of the author's dissertation (doctoral)--Harvard University, 2012.
Description: xii, 371 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: classifier languages: their definition and variable properties --
A classifier language without D: Mandarin --
A classifier language with D: Nuosu Yi --
When what you see is what you get and when it is not: language universals, variation, and typology of nominal arguments --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Oxford studies in comparative syntax.
Responsibility: Li Julie Jiang.

Abstract:

"This book investigates nominal arguments in classifier languages. A long-held claim is that classifier languages do not have overt article determiners (D). This book, however, brings to the forefront of the theoretical investigation on the typologically unique Nuosu Yi, a classifier language that will be shown to have an overt article determiner. By comparing nominal arguments in Nuosu Yi to those in Mandarin, the book provides a parametric account of variation among classifier languages and extends the account to argument formation in general. This book begins with a detailed examination of bare numeral classifier phrases in Mandarin by comparing them with bare numeral noun phrases in number marking languages, such as English, French, and Russian. Lastly, the book puts the analysis of Mandarin and Nuosu Yi nominal arguments in a broader, cross-linguistic perspective and develops a parametric account of variation in nominal argument formation in general"--

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