The syntactic and semantic complexity of the so-called numeral classifier
(NUM-CL) constructions in languages like Korean (Japanese and Chinese as
well) has much challenged theoretical as well as computational approaches.
Among several types of the NUM-CL constructions, the most complicated
type includes the so-called FQ (floated numeral classifier/quantifier) construction
where the NUM-CL `floats' away from its antecedent. This paper,
couched upon the non-derivational VP-modifier view, shows that in addition
to the grammatical function of the host NP and types of the main predicate,
properties of the intervening expression between the FQ and its host NP also
play an important role in licensing the FQ's distribution. In particular, we
show that the FQ introduces new information in discourse and as default sets
off rheme in the thematic structure. This functional analysis can provide an
answer to several puzzling contrasts we observe in the distribution of the FQ.
Maintained by Stefan Müller
Created: November 17, 2011
Last modified: January 09, 2019