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Re: savoir-connaître (was: Re: can-may)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 29, 2004, 18:28
Pablo Flores scripsit:

> Is there a difference between "classifier" and "measure word"? > I'm working on the Wikipedia and the "Classifier" article simply > redirects to "Measure word", but according to my admittedly > very little knowledge on the subject, a measure word is just a > special type of classifier that is used only for counting. Are there > any natlangs that use classifiers for other purposes?
Well, in Chinese at least they are used after demonstratives: this CL NOUN, that CL NOUN. The theory that says all nouns in Chinese are mass nouns accounts for this nicely: to say "this egg" you are really saying "this portion of egg". -- "May the hair on your toes never fall out!" John Cowan --Thorin Oakenshield (to Bilbo)