ユイ メグミ   Megumi YUI
  油井 恵
   所属   現代文化学部 所属
   職種   教授
言語種別 英語
発行・発表の年月 2012/01
形態種別 大学・研究所等紀要
標題 "The rise of the lazy classifier: Analysis of the Japanese classifier -ko"
執筆形態 単著
掲載誌名 Surugadai University Studies
掲載区分国内
出版社・発行元 Surugadai University
巻・号・頁 (43),pp.103-116.
概要 Japanese shares a system of the classifier, or a subtype of phoronym, as Beckwith (2007) calls it, with Chinese, Burmese and Thai among other languages. Classifiers are considered to show how the speaker classifies nouns and/or referents with one or several salient features.
Despite of an extensive collection of classifiers, a "general category" is still needed to make "the entire classification exhaustive by filling the gaps between more specific categories" (Shimojo 1997: 705), and it seems the use of the "general" classifier is actually increasing.
This paper discusses -ko, one of the Japanese general classifiers, and motivation for choosing -ko over other possible classifiers.