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English Quasi-Numeral Classifiers

A Corpus-Based Cognitive-Typological Study


Xu Zhang

This book is an interdisciplinary study of English binominal quantitative constructions based on English-Chinese comparison. Taking three perspectives, i.e. a functional-typological perspective, a cognitive approach, and a corpus-based method, it aims to unveil the hidden categorisation process behind the usage of English binominal quantitative constructions and to reveal the language universal in cognising the concepts of ‘Quantity’ and ‘Quality’. It argues against treating Chinese and English as members of two opposing typological camps concerning quantification modes (‘classifier languages’ versus ‘non-classifier languages’) and advocates to view the two languages as lying within a more extended and inclusive system, viz. a system of quantification and categorisation modes, or a Quantity-Quality continuum.

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6. 2-D QNC Categories: Case Studies of Sheet and Slice


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6.  2-D QNC Categories: Case Studies of Sheet and Slice

6.1  Introduction

This chapter will analyse in detail two cases of 2-D QNC Categories: sheet and slice (see for details of 2-D QNC selection). In parallel with the 1-D QNC examination in Chapter 5, the same questions will be addressed, as are reproduced below:

1) What is categorised by the 2-D QNCs?

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