Deriving four generalizations about nominals in three classifier languages


Trang Phan, Tue Trinh and Hung Phan

Canadian Journal of Linguistics, Volume 66, Issue 4, December 2021

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Abstract: This squib presents a set of facts concerning nominal structures in Bahnar, Mandarin, and Vietnamese. It proposes an account of these facts which reduces them to cross-linguistic differences with respect to the availability of particular syntactic configurations involving the bare noun and its extended projection. These differences, in turn, are derived from cross-linguistic variations with respect to the availability of items in the functional lexicon.

About the author: Trang Phan was a HYI Visiting Scholar from 2020-21.