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Co-Varying Collexeme Analysis of Chinese Classifiers 棵 and 株 zhū

Aneta Dosedlová    Masaryk University, Brno, Cechia    

Wei-lun Lu    Masaryk University, Brno, Czechia    

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abstract

The numeral classifier is a grammatical category in plenty of East Asian languages, with Chinese being one of the most widely reported. In Chinese, there are many classifiers that are near-synonymous, meaning that certain classifiers may be interchangeable in certain contexts. However, these classifiers are used with semantically similar nouns and, as a result, the distinction between the various usages is not always clear. In view of this issue, we propose to study near-synonymous classifiers using the co-varying collexeme method and the Euclidean distance, by exploring the case of the classifiers 棵 and 株 zhū. We report results that not only partially confirm but also complement what has been found in previous raw-frequency-based research.

Accettato
14 Ottobre 2020
Presentato
17 Aprile 2020
Lingua
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-407-3
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-406-6

Keywords: PrototypeEluclidean distanceCollostructional analysisNear-synonymyCategorizationCo-varying collexeme analysis

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