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Classifiers in Kam-Tai Languages

A Cognitive and Cultural Perspective

by Tian-Qiao Lu

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Publisher: Universal-Publishers
Pub date: 2012
Pages: 257
ISBN-10: 1612331440
ISBN-13: 9781612331447
Categories: Language, Literature & LinguisticsLanguage & LingusiticsLanguage & Lingusitics


This monograph describes and analyzes the syntax of classifiers and cultural taxonomy in more than 20 major languages in southern China and Southeast Asia. It provides comprehensive and in-depth data for professional linguists and rudimental knowledge for postgraduate or undergraduate majors or minors engaged in linguistics. Readers will learn how nouns are categorized in syntax and what cultural factors are involved in such a classification process. This is the first book on Kam-Tai classifiers from both syntactic and sociocultural aspects.

About the Author

Tian-Qiao (aka Mike) Lu received his Ph.D. degree in linguistics from the University of Melbourne. He is a professor in the School of Linguistic Sciences of Jiangsu Normal University, China, specializing in Tai-Kadai languages in Southeast Asia and other languages in China.