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The designation "binome", Chinese liánmiánzì 聯緜字 ~ 連綿字, more technically liánmiáncí 聯緜詞 (excluding references to unanalyzable three-syllable expressions that share some phonetic feature), is a cover term for two different types of two-syllable expressions (in written form: two-character expressions) in Classical Chinese. Type I are those in which the two syllables have some significant phonetic feature in common, so that the expression is riming, alliterative or reduplicated. Type II are those that do not have any type I phonetic featu…

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William G. BOLTZ, “Binomes”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000036>
First published online: 2015

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