IJLLL 2015 Vol.1(1): 45-50 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.7763/IJLLL.2015.V1.10

Classifiers in Lao: A Cognitive Linguistic Approach

Rattanapraxa Analee and Nuntana Wongthai
Abstract—This research is aimed at studying classifiers in Lao and the cognitive process of Lao native speakers reflected by their usage of classifiers. The scope of the study is limited to classifiers in standard Lao (Vientiane dialect). The total number of informants involved in the study is 90. The researchers analyze the attributes of prototypical nouns and non-prototypical nouns to highlight the relationship between them. The analysis is based on the prototype theory, attributes in categorization and idealized cognitive models (ICMs). The results indicate that the Lao classifier system works on some kinds of general principles like in earlier studies by Dyirbal and Thai. However, the study shows that the cognitive system of Lao people is influenced by their own geographic and cultural factors as well as their religious beliefs. The study also shows the cognitive system of Lao people which is different from others, even in Thai, which is the member of the same language family (Tai-Kadai).

Index Terms—Classifiers in Lao, cognitive linguistic approach, prototype theory.

Rattanapraxa Analee is with the Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand (e-mail: bank200s@hotmail.com).

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Cite:Rattanapraxa Analee and Nuntana Wongthai, "Classifiers in Lao: A Cognitive Linguistic Approach," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 45-50, 2015.

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