English Quasi-Numeral Classifiers: A Corpus-Based Cognitive-Typological Study New Edition

Ebook Details


Xu Zhang

Year 2017
Pages 380
Publisher Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Language en
ISBN 9783034328180
File Size 47 MB
File Format PDF , EPUB
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Ebook Description

This book is an interdisciplinary study of English binominal quantitative constructions based on English-Chinese comparison. Taking three perspectives, i.e. a functional-typological perspective, a cognitive approach, and a corpus-based method, it aims to unveil the hidden categorisation process behind the usage of English binominal quantitative constructions and to reveal the language universal in cognising the concepts of ‘Quantity’ and ‘Quality’. It argues against treating Chinese and English as members of two opposing typological camps concerning quantification modes (‘classifier languages’ versus ‘non-classifier languages’) and advocates to view the two languages as lying within a more extended and inclusive system, viz. a system of quantification and categorisation modes, or a Quantity-Quality continuum.