Classifiers. Doing Philosophy with Chinese Grammar

  • Caterina Del Sordo University of the Basque Country


The approaches to the study of classifiers in the Chinese language developed within traditional and cognitive grammar imply a dualistic framework for the theory of knowledge. This article shows that the theses derived from such a framework within Chinese linguistics, particularly the thesis of the sharp distinction between unit and measure classifiers and that of a certain kind of reduction of sortals to mass terms, are empirically unreliable and poorly explicative. The paper outlines a non-dualistic philosophical framework helpful to address issues in which grammatical and philosophical aspects appear inextricably intertwined, as in the case of classifiers.

Biografia autore

Caterina Del Sordo, University of the Basque Country

Post-doctoral researcher at the University of the Basque Country. In her Ph.D. she dealt with neutral monism and early logical empiricism from the perspectives of history of philosophy, philosophy of mind and mathematics. She studies Chinese philosophy and language.

Come citare
Del Sordo, C. (2023). Classifiers. Doing Philosophy with Chinese Grammar. Philosophy Kitchen - Rivista Di Filosofia Contemporanea, (19), 71-87.