???????????????????????? Number System of the Noun Phrases Modified by Demonstrative Pronouns in Mandarin Chinese

Authors

  • Liu Yu 刘宇 Sichuan International Studies University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/rtcfl.31836

Keywords:

Demonstrative pronouns, Noun phrases, Number, 关键词:指示代词, 名词短语, 数量

Abstract

???????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????,?? ????????????????????,???????????? ???????????????????????????????? This paper aims to account for the number system of the noun phrases modified by the demonstrative pronouns in Mandarin Chinese. The cross-linguistic analysis indicates that the noun phrases modified by the demonstrative pronouns in both English and Mandarin Chinese have developed a rigorous grammatical system to represent the property of number. However, whereas the English noun phrases highlight the distinction between singular and plural forms, the Chinese ones tend to distinguish specific quantity from indefinite quantity. A new classificatory framework is proposed to analyse the ‘Demonstrative Pronoun + NP’ structure in Mandarin Chinese, and to explain its unique grammatical behaviours.

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Published

2016-10-04

How to Cite

Yu 刘宇 L. (2016). ???????????????????????? Number System of the Noun Phrases Modified by Demonstrative Pronouns in Mandarin Chinese. Researching and Teaching Chinese As a Foreign Language, 1(2), 174–185. https://doi.org/10.1558/rtcfl.31836

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