On counting and measuring events

  • Marta Donazzan

Abstract

This paper discusses the issue of the ontology of the verbal domain with respect to empirical phenomena related to countability. I will take up the issue by discussing in particular the case of Mandarin Chinese, a language that has a specific functional category for counting in the verbal domain, the category of Verbal Classifiers (VCls, Paris (2011, 1981); Fassi Fehri and Vinet (2008), among others). I will show that verbal classifiers, as event counters, cannot be conflated with durative modifiers, which have the function of bounding the predicate by imposing a measure unit. Rather, VCls are functional devices which act as classifiers of verbal predicates that single out and count the individuals in the denotation of the VP.
How to Cite
Donazzan, M. (1). On counting and measuring events. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 17, 219-236. Retrieved from https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/sub/index.php/sub/article/view/342