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The Study of Chinese Noun-Classifier Compounds

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DOI: 10.25236/icallh.2019.045


Yanji Cui

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Yanji Cui


Chinese noun-classifier compounds have the special structure in the Chinese vocabulary system. They have their own features both in the syntactic structure and the word meaning. The particularity of noun-classifiers lies in the complexity of their internal structure. The degree of grammaticalization of classifiers gives the explanation to the differences. They can be divided into three categories, they are real noun-classifier compounds, pseudo noun-classifier compounds and the noun compounds. This paper wants to study on the inner structure of the noun-classifier compounds, and the nature of the classifier in the noun-classifier compounds


Formative morpheme, noun-classifier compounds, word structure