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Linguistic Inquiry

Fall 1999, Vol. 30, No. 4, Pages 509-542
(doi: 10.1162/002438999554192)
© 1999 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bare and Not-So-Bare Nouns and the Structure of NP
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Abstract

This article examines the distribution and interpretational variability of bare nouns and [classifier+noun] phrases in Cantonese and Mandarin. We argue that bare nouns are never bare in structure and that [classifier+noun] phrases may have more structure than just Classifier Phrase. We show that the lack of articles and number morphology in Cantonese/Mandarin leads to many interesting differences between Chinese-type languages and English-/Italian-type languages.