Publisher: John Benjamins Publication date: 1996 Pajes: 351Numeral Classifier Systems considers the functional significance of the Japanese numeral system, its conclusions based on a corpus of 500 uses of classifier constructions drawn from oral and written Japanese texts. Interestingly, although the Japanese system appears to conform at least superficially to universalistic predictions about its semantic structure, this study reports that in actual usage, the semantic role of classifiers is slight — only very rarely do they carry any lexical information unavailable from the context or the noun with which the classifier occurs.
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University of California Press. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA, USA. 2006. — 344 p.
ISBN 0-520-24584-9 (cloth : alk. paper);
ISBN 0-520-24585-7 (pbk. : alk. paper)
This highly original study provides an entirely new critical perspective on the central importance of ideas about language in the reproduction of gender, class, and race divisions in modern Japan. Focusing on a...