A Corpus-Based Study of the Function and Structure of Numeral Classifier Constructions in S'gaw Karen

dc.contributor.advisor Blackwell, Aleka en_US
dc.contributor.author Olson, Collin en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Strawman, Tom en_US
dc.contributor.department English en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-02T19:01:56Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-02T19:01:56Z
dc.date.issued 2014-03-28 en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the numeral classifier system in S'gaw Karen, a language in the Tibeto-Burman subfamily. Numeral classifiers are an areal feature of Sino-Tibetan languages. This thesis contributes to our understanding of numeral classifier systems in this language family by examining both the function of numeral classifiers in S'gaw Karen and the structure of noun phrases when numeral classifiers are present. The data for this project include a phonetically transcribed corpus of four stories created in consultation with three native speakers from Eastern Burma and targeted elicitations. A detailed phonological analysis of the S'gaw Karen variety spoken by the consultants is included. In S'gaw Karen, numeral classifiers individuate and enumerate the noun, specify salient semantic features of the noun, and are used as anaphoric devices. The syntactic structure of noun phrases involving numerals and classifiers are examined in several different NP contexts, including those with modifiers and determiners. en_US
dc.description.degree M.A. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/3651
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject Karenic en_US
dc.subject Numeral Classifiers en_US
dc.subject S'gaw Karen en_US
dc.subject Tibeto-Burman en_US
dc.subject.umi Linguistics en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.title A Corpus-Based Study of the Function and Structure of Numeral Classifier Constructions in S'gaw Karen en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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