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Title: The Morphology of Chinese
Subtitle: A Linguistic and Cognitive Approach
Written By: Jerome L. Packard

This ground-breaking study dispels the common belief that Chinese 'doesn't
have words' but instead 'has characters'. Jerome Packard's book provides a
comprehensive discussion of the linguistic and cognitive nature of Chinese
words. It shows that Chinese, far from being 'morphologically
impoverished', has a different morphological system because it selects
different 'settings' on parameters shared by all languages. The analysis of
Chinese word formation therefore enhances our understanding of word
universals. Packard describes the intimate relationship between words and
their components, including how the identities of Chinese morphemes are
word-driven, and offers new insights into the evolution of morphemes based
on Chinese data. Models are offered for how Chinese words are stored in the
mental lexicon and processed in natural speech, showing that much of what
native speakers know about words occurs innately in the form of a
hard-wired, specifically linguistic 'program' in the brain.

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521771129
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 352
Prices: U.S. $ 65.00
U.K. £ 47.50