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What is a classifier?

 

Definition
 

A classifier is a word or affix that expresses the classification of a noun.

Examples (Spanish)
 
  • In Spanish, the affixes -a and -o classify nouns according to feminine or masculine gender, respectively. Here are some examples of nouns they classify:

    • mesa ‘table’
    • arco ‘arch’
  • Generic
      A classifier is a kind of
     
    See also
     
    Sources
     

    Crystal 1980 61

     

    Mish 1991 246


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