Journal of East Asian Linguistics

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 181–205 | Cite as

Dimension-denoting classifiers in Taiwanese compound adjectives

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Abstract

This paper analyzes Taiwanese A-CL sequences as compound adjectives by treating the classifier inside such sequences as a dimension provider and the adjective as involving an ordering function. Combined with the assumption that classifiers occurring as the CL of A-CL compound adjectives should be divided into single-dimension denoting and multi-dimension denoting elements, the analysis provides a rationale for why the adjectives permitted in A-CL compound adjectives have the interesting and otherwise perplexing property of being so limited in number.

Keywords

Adjectives Classifiers Taiwanese A-CL sequences Compound adjectives Dimension providers Ordering functions Single-dimension denoting classifiers Multi-dimension denoting classifiers 

Abbreviations

A

Adjective;

CL

Classifier;

DE

Marker for modifying phrases like genitive phrases, relative clauses, and noun complement clauses in Mandarin Chinese;

E

Marker for modifying phrases in Taiwanese;

KA

Disposal or extent marker;

NS

Nominal suffix -a;

SFP

Sentence final particle

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Foreign Languages and LiteraturesNational Chiao Tung UniversityHsinchuTaiwan

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