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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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7. Conclusion


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7.  Conclusion

7.1  Introduction

This chapter will conclude the whole book with an attempt to integrate the cognitive and functional-typological perspectives.

After the detailed examinations of the five D-QNC cases in Chapters 5 and 6, Section 7.2 will pull the five D-QNC cases together and attempt to delve deeper into the cognitive categories reflected by the D-QNCs. Section 7.3 will bring the D-QNCs back to a functional-typological context, and recast them in a cross-linguistic perspective. Section 7.4 will summarise the main research findings. Section 7.5 will outline the contributions of this study, and Section 7.6 will suggest on the directions of future research.

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