Evolution of the Chinese Classifiers That Modify the Tree Name Nouns

Ye LI, Jialu TIAN


By investigating the examples of the Chinese classifiers that modify the tree name nouns, which recorded in the unearthed documents and handed-down literatures, this paper has made an analysis of their evolution, and come to a conclusion that the motivation of their evolution is related not only to the sticking to the precise and economical principles, but also to the numerically quantified noun structure, Chinese dialects and the tendency of the bi-syllabification of Chinese vocabulary.


Chinese language; Classifier; Tree name noun; Evolution; Motivation

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/n


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