LINGUIST List 8.1700

Thu Nov 27 1997

Books: Morphology & Phonology (Chinese Linguistics)

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  1. Christoph Eyrich, Chinese Linguistics

Message 1: Chinese Linguistics

Date: Tue, 25 Nov 1997 16:09:30 +0100 (MET)
From: Christoph Eyrich <>
Subject: Chinese Linguistics

			 Jerome L. Packard

 Morphology, Phonology and the Lexicon in 
 Modern and Ancient Chinese

 1997. XIV, 386 pages. Cloth DM 278,-/approx. US$ 174.00
			 ISBN 3-11-015109-X
	 Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 105

 Mouton de Gruyter * Berlin * New York

This volume examines the composition of multisyllabic words in
Chinese, revealing a wealth of word formation complexity in a
language too often characterized as morphologically impoverished.
The collection of articles is broad both in theoretical approach
and chronology, ranging in topic from the origin and development
of bisyllabic words in Ancient Chinese to the argument structure
and theta-assignment principles in Modern Mandarin compounds. The
wide range of word formation phenomena in Chinese is demonstrated
with examples from dialects as diverse as Mandarin, Shanghai,
Hakka and Taiwanese, as the reader is offered a panoply of new
ideas on Chinese words and their structure. 
The book presents novel insights into the formation of complex words
in both the ancient and modern language, offering contemporary
linguistic analyses of word structure unfettered by the myth that
wordhood in Chinese is somehow equated with the written Chinese
This work demonstrates the breadth of current scholarship in the study
of Chinese morphology and is certain to pose a challenge to 
traditional conceptions of word structure in Chinese linguistics. It
contains a foreword by Sandra Thompson.


Sandra A. Thompson, Foreword * Jerome L. Packard, Preface * Jerome
L. Packard, Introduction * William H. Baxter and Laurent Sagart, Word
formation in Old Chinese * Claire Hsun-huei Chang, V-V Compounds in
Mandarin Chinese: Argument structure and semantics * John X-L. Dai,
Syntactic, phonological, and morphological words in Chinese * San
Duanmu, Wordhood in Chinese * Shengli Feng, Prosodic structure and
compound words in Classical Chinese * Shuanfan Huang, Chinese as a
headless language in compounding morphology * Yafei Li, Chinese
resultative constructions and the Uniformity of Theta Assignment
Hypothesis * Jerome L. Packard, A Lexical Phonology of Mandarin
Chinese * Claudia Ross, Cognate objects and the realization of
thematic structure in Mandarin Chinese * Stanley Starosta, Koenraad
Kuiper, Zhi-qian Wu and Siew-ai Ng, On defining the Chinese compound
word: Headedness in Chinese compounding and Chinese VR compounds


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