量词 (量詞) liàngcí
Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Grammar 语法
Notes: Sometimes also called a classifier. Chinese has a rich collection of measure words, one for each object and action. Measure words must be used and cannot be arbitrarily used. Measure words are mandatory in Modern Chinese but were only seldom used in Classical Chinese (Norman 1988, p. 115).