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Morphology, Modern
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Chinese is widely regarded as a textbook example of the isolating language type, with little morphology and few affixes (Sagart 2004:123). Moreover, the relationship between form and meaning in Chinese morphology is said to be very straightforward, as it has clearly defined morpheme boundaries, no cumulative exponence and no allomorphy or suppletion, i.e., morphemes usually have a single phonological form (see Packard 2006).

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Giorgio Francesco ARCODIA and Bianca BASCIANO, “Morphology, Modern”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 28 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000276>
First published online: 2015

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