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Classifiers of Animals in Mandarin and English: A Semantic Map Model Approach (Published)

Semantic Map Model serves as an effective tool for typological analysis of languages, has a practical meaning and feasibility. The temporary use of words as quantifiers of animals in both Mandarin Chinese and English reflects the commonalities and differences between two languages in terms of conceptual dimensions. Based on the semantic map model and quantifiers corpus, this study investigates into the collocations, cognitive mechanisms and mapping in mental space which play significant roles in the construction of semantic construals of classifiers of this type.

Keywords: Classifier, Contrastive Analysis, English, Mandarin, Semantic Map Model