In Lahu-speaking Southeast Asia, ? – 20ᵗʰ century, a unit of length, “the breadth of four fingers when the fist is clenched around an object.”¹
“tî7” is a classifier and carries the unit’s meaning; “te” simply means “one” or “a”, but is grammatically essential.
*Because hardly anyone has a font on their web browser that includes the International Phonetic Alphabet character for a glottal stop (if you do, here it is: ʔ), we have used the numeral 7 to represent this character.
1. James A. Matisoff.
UC Publications in Linguistics No. 139.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006.
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