Word order of classifiers

In languages that feature classifiers, this word class constitutes an obligatory element of the noun phrase. The purpose of classifiers is to assign nouns to specific classes[1] without further affecting the meaning of the sentence. In terms of word order, they may appear before or after the nouns they modify.


NoClsfr: The language does not have classifiers.

ClsfrN: Classifiers precede the noun.

NClfsr: Classifiers follow the noun.

When a language displays both word orders, two values can be listed. If one word order is dominant, a slash (/) can separate the two values, with the dominant value appearing first; if neither is dominant, they are listed with an ampersand (&) separating them.


[1] Classes may include grammatical gender.