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Title: New Approaches to Chinese Word Formation
Subtitle: Morphology, Phonology and the Lexicon in Modern and Ancient Chinese
Edited By: Jerome L. Packard
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 105

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 character. 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.

Publication Year: 1997
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 311015109X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 386
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