Nominal Reference in two Classifier Languages


  • Tue Trinh


In this paper, we first present observations that have been made concerningthe distribution and interpretation of nominals in Mandarin Chinese and propose an account for them.We will then contrast Mandarin Chinese with Vietnamese, and show that differences with respect to the syntax and semantics of noun phrases between these two languages can be reduced to the fact that they differ minimally in lexical resource. Implications of the analysis for a theory of semantic variation are also discussed.


How to Cite

Trinh, T. (2019). Nominal Reference in two Classifier Languages. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 15, 629–644. Retrieved from