Numeral Classifier ( Concept )

      |_ Abstract
            |_ Linguistic Property
                  |_ Part Of Speech Property
                        |_ Classifier
                              |_ Numeral Classifier


Numeral classifiers are free or bound morphemes that occur in the context of quantification, appearing contiguous to numerals in numeral noun phrases and expressions of quantity. [Aikhenvald 2003: 98; Aikhenvald in Senft 2000: 93]

Numeral classifiers are a grammatical device that reflects how speakers categorize objects that they count or quantify [Yamamoto 2005: 1]. They are a set of classifiers used in certain languages, e.g., Japanese, to indicate the class to which the noun modified by the numeral belongs [Pei and Gaynor 1980: 23].

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