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Becker, Alton L. 1975. A linguistic image of nature: The Burmese numerative classifier system. Linguistics 165 : 109–121.
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Language as a subject


The Burmese classifier system is said to be coherent because it is based on a single semantic dimension, deixis. It is also said to map nature and to express precisely where one is placing oneself and what one is talking about: it establishes in the surface structure the universe of discourse of a speech act, within a culturally shared image of nature.