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This paper discusses the syntax and semantics of and four types of phrases containing in Mandarin. I defend the view that should be analyzed as a plural morpheme as first argued in Li (1999) but argue against the analysis of positing in the D position or treating it as a definite determiner. It will be shown that definiteness is not inherent to and that is compatible with numerals and classifiers and should be in a position local to nouns. I propose an analysis of as an associative plural and explain the properties of the four types of expressions containing within a Neocarlsonian account of bare nominals. The formal account of the syntax and semantics of phrases containing advanced in this paper shows that it is not necessary to assume a functional category D that is always invisible in the grammar of Mandarin in order to account for the behaviors of its nominal arguments and argues for the lack of DP projections in Mandarin.


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Keyword(s): (in)definite; -men; associative plurals; classifiers; DP; Mandarin; numerals; plurality
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