Classifiers, Verbal
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Chinese has numeral classifiers (CLFs), which occur with a numeral, functioning as a counting unit. What is counted can be individuals, such as apples, as in (1a) (Classifiers, Nominal), or events, such as trips, as in (1b).

1. a. 那三個蘋果都很大。

        Nà     sān     ge     píngguǒ  dōu  hěn   dà.

        that  three  clf  apple       al…

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Niina Ning ZHANG, “Classifiers, Verbal”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 16 August 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_000203>
First published online: 2015



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