Dimension-denoting classifiers in Taiwanese compound adjectives

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This paper analyzes Taiwanese A-CL sequences as compound adjectives by treating the classifier inside such sequences as a dimension provider and the adjective as involving an ordering function. Combined with the assumption that classifiers occurring as the CL of A-CL compound adjectives should be divided into single-dimension denoting and multi-dimension denoting elements, the analysis provides a rationale for why the adjectives permitted in A-CL compound adjectives have the interesting and otherwise perplexing property of being so limited in number.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-205
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of East Asian Linguistics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 21 May 2010


  • Adjectives
  • Classifiers
  • Compound adjectives
  • Dimension providers
  • Multi-dimension denoting classifiers
  • Ordering functions
  • Single-dimension denoting classifiers
  • Taiwanese A-CL sequences

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