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".
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