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Plurality in Naxi and its typological implications

Chang, Ya-Yin Melody; Law, Paul; Zhao, Qing-Lian


Plurality in Naxi can be explicitly expressed by suffixation or tone change on common nouns denoting human beings. This paper complements the published literature in providing a detailed description of its morpho-syntax and semantics of plurality. It shows that Naxi belongs to the typologically rare type of language in which the coding of plurality and definiteness is in one morpheme, the other three languages known to date to have this property are Chinese, Khmer and Maori. Evidence for the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013-09
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (JSEALS) 6 (2013): 87-98


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