Quantification in Naxi

Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 97)


After presenting some basic genetic, historical and typological information about Naxi, this chapter outlines the quantification patterns it expresses. It illustrates various semantic types of quantifiers, such as generalized existential, generalized universal, proportional, definite and partitive which are defined in the Quantifier Questionnaire in chapter “The Quantifier Questionnaire”. It partitions the expression of the semantic types into morpho-syntactic classes: Adverbial type quantifiers and Nominal (or Determiner) type quantifiers. For the various semantic and morpho-syntactic types of quantifiers it also distinguishes syntactically simple and syntactically complex quantifiers, as well as issues of distributivity and scope interaction, classifiers and measure expressions, and existential constructions. The chapter describes structural properties of determiners and quantified noun phrases in Naxi, both in terms of internal structure (morphological or syntactic) and distribution.


Naxi Quantification patterns Semantic Morpho-syntactic Quantifiers Classifiers Determiners Quantified noun phrases 



We would like to thank a reviewer for extensive comments and suggestions in the review of the paper. The judgment on the data is mostly from the second author. We are grateful to He Zhizhen for sharing with us her judgment of uncertain data. All inadequacies that remain are our responsibility.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Linguistics and TranslationCity University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong
  2. 2.Yunnan Minority Language Committee, Yunnan Provincial GovernmentYunnanChina

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