Korean classifier-less number constructions


  • Dorothy Ahn




Korean is a generalized classifier language where classifiers are required for numerals to combine with nominals. This paper presents a number construction where the classifier is absent and the numeral appears prenominally. This construction, which I call the classifierless number construction (Cl-less NC), results in a definite or a partitive reading where the referent must be familiar: ‘the two women’ or ‘two of the women’. In order to account for this, I argue that Korean postnominal number constructions are ambiguous between a plain number construction and a partitive construction. After motivating and proposing an analysis for the partitive structure, I argue that Cl-less NC is derived from the partitive construction, explaining its distributional restriction and the interpretation.




How to Cite

Ahn, D. (2019). Korean classifier-less number constructions. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 22(1), 23–38. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2018.v22i1.63