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The Zhuang language employs a system of nominal classification, including numeral classifiers, modifier classifiers, class terms, kin prefixes, gender markers, prefixable morphemes for topographic names, among others. Quite often, the same set of morphemes is used as numeral classifiers and with demonstratives. The numeral classifier system is particularly salient, comprising numeral terms and noun classifiers, with dozens of classifiers featuring fine semantic distinctions. The modifier classifier system involves the use of classifiers in nominal modification of all kinds. The kinship system consists of kinship terms which take prefixes and other human terms as prefixes to personal names. Gender markers are found for human nouns, some kinship terms and animal nouns or plant names. Toponyms or place names are headed by morphemes describing the topographic or geographic features of the places or locations in question. Discourse contexts may also help to differentiate different types of Classifier Phrase.


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