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date: 21 April 2019

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This article examines the variations in determiner phrase (DP) and classifiers in Southeast Asian languages. It describes the internal structure of DP and addresses the specific problem of how to account for the considerable amount of cross-linguistic variation that appears to occur in the ordering of constituents in DP. The article suggests that the significant distortion of underlying DP structure is often caused by XP-movement inside the DP, and that variation can essentially be attributed to elements being in different stages of ongoing historical development and reanalysis.

Keywords: Southeast Asian languages, determiner phrase, classifiers, cross-linguistic variation, XP-movement

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