The structural status of Bora classifiers

Statement of Responsibility:
Weber, David
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Date:
2002
Abstract:
I claim that Bora classifiers have the structural status of (bound) nouns, based on facts like the following: *Some classifiers also occur as independent nouns (possibly with minor phonological differences). *Classifiers have the referential properties typical of nouns. Like typical nominals, they denote classes of objects and may refer to a member of the class they denote. They are never used to attribute properties to another referring expresssion. *Classifiers have the distribution typical of nouns: they may be a clausal subject, they may be modified by a relative clause, they may have a prepositional complement, and so forth. And classifiers head noun phrases, a claim for which various arguments are given, among them one based on the remarkable similarity between the host-classifier and possessor-possessed constructions.
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8 pages
Subject:
Noun classification
Country:
Peru
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